Pumpkin Cookies by Betty

So, today is a different kind of recipe. It’s not one I made up. It’s one I whipped up though. It took me 10 minutes, and I had great cookies that I could take to our bible study group and guess what? I ate them.

I posted this to my facebook but it’s so true. I feel as if the average “healthy” chick would have just passed by the cookies and just decided she wouldn’t have one. Or maybe possibly just ate one cookie, and felt a little guilty but thought “I deserve this” or maybe even had 10 cookies and regretted it the rest of the night.

I have had all of those mentalities at one point or another and I feel as if it’s a fair assumption that you have to. So let’s squash that.

How do you fit those fun foods into your macros and keep progressing forward? There are many questions on this flexible dieting forum about “Is it okay to have this and that at night if I have a lot of macros left? Are you sure it’s okay to eat these foods?”

The answer is quite simply, YES! It’s sad that society has brainwashed us to thinking there are good and bad foods and created distorted realities of what food is all about.

So, let’s get back to pumpkin shall we?

If you are wondering if that is a real stick of butter, the answer is yes.

Ingredients included: 1 stick or 1/2 cup of butter, 1 whole egg, and 2 tablespoons of water

So, that’s exactly what I did.

Rookie mistake using a whisk for cookies. However, we live in an NYC apartment with a hardly existent kitchen therefore pulling out the Kitchen Aid was not on my top priority.

Next, was the part that you don’t already know how to do (or maybe you do).

I looked at the label to see how big I was going to make the cookies.

The label reads that 3 tablespoons equals 2 cookies. I find that weird that anyone would make a tablespoon and 1/2 cookie. Haha! So, I made 1 tablespoon cookies.

If you reference above to the label, it actually has a star by the fat. If you read the fine print it says that when you cook them, they are going to have 6g of fat for 3 tablespoons. That’s easy math. If we are doing 1 tablespoon cookies, that’s 2g each but beware that when you chart them in myfitnesspal, they are going to show up as the dry mix amount so account for this.

I expected them to be tiny! NOPE! Normal size cookies!

Secret for making cookies in general to keep them good for days. The timer says 10 minutes. Take them out in 5 minutes. Take them out when they are NOT done. This will create the perfect cookie after 20 minutes of cooling down.

So, I feel this is also a good time to explain how to fit fun things like this into your macros or rather an example of what a day in the life of IIFYM (if it fits your macros) looks like. I know this will make for a blog with lots of pictures and explanations but it’s worth it if you’ve been confused. If not enjoy your cookie with 7g carb, 2g fat, and 0.3g protein!!! OR TWO!

I have done an example of 1500 calorie day with 140g protein, 140g carb and 45g of fat which is a reasonable average amount for beginners looking for fat loss. Disclaimer: This is so variable. I am not saying these are your macros. I am simply saying that this is an example.

o, you will see that pumpkin spice cookie mix is on the last log under Snacks. I put in 2 cookies worth (2 tablespoons). I know however that I have to account for an extra 3g of fat for when these are cooked because as you will see, myfitnesspal charts them as dry. Maybe you say “WHATEVS!” on the 3g and that’s cool too. It would only really matter if you were charting like 6 cookies.

So, the items listed that would make up your day are:

Coffee with 2 mini Reece cups

Protein pancakes (recipe under breakfast)

Egg white and FF cheese wrap (low carb wrap from Trader Joes)

Livermush and cheese omelet with one patty hashbrown(this one was for my hometown folk)

  • You would weigh out your livermush to 1 1/3 oz
  • I buy hashbrowns from Trader Joes and just bake and broil them (just as good as McDonalds)

Grilled chicken salad with 4 oz of chicken

1 rice cake with 1 tablespoon whipped pumpkin PB

One plain greek yogurt 0% fat

  • 2 packets of truvia
  • 2 tablespoons of peanuts (or nuts of choice)

Another round of protein pancakes (because let’s be honest #pancakesallday)

  • Added a crumbled oreo on top

Homemade pizza with 1/2 flatout bread, 2 tablespoons sauce, 1 slice of laughing cow cheese cut into slices and 3 oz of ground turkey

2 pumpkin spice cookies explained above

1 cake ice cream cone filled with 1/3 cup Vanilla Maple Artic Zero with 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter for topping

And then never say that you’re on a diet again, please and thank you! :)

NOW CAN YOU START A FITNESS REVOLUTION WITH ME?? STOP THE MADNESS!!! EAT SOME FOOD!!! Chart it. Enjoy it. Live your life.

With love and gimme all the yummy food,

Katie

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