So if you’ve been following me on Instagram and/or Facebook you will have noticed that I recently started posting videos with simple recipe ideas. Confession, I literally DESPISE watching myself on video. I force myself to just film it, cut it to fit it on my Instagram stories and post it. I have to hold back from watching it all the way through until after. AFTER. So if I stumble over words, forget where I was going in my thought process, leave out something important well then oh well! This is serious pressure on my part. After tossing around the idea to do this and then making the final decision I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to watch them prior because I know I would go, “OH. MY. GAWD. I just can’t put that out there for all to see!”. It would be DELETE, BURN, VAPORIZE, SEND INTO SPACE, or whatever else permanently removes something from this planet.But then I got thinking…and we all know how that goes…let the overthinking commence.
Okay, all joking aside, I did start thinking though. I began to wonder why I cared so much about how I looked, sounded or acted on video. I mean it IS me, isn’t it? It is me stumbling over my words, repeating myself a few too many times, saying ‘um’ way too much or ‘like’ for that matter. I don’t get a do-over or “take two” in real-life so why should I care so much for this?
It’s an interesting thought…
So, with the idea that my blog is about ME, as in the real me, my approach to healthy living and sharing exactly that should be no different than what I post in videos or even photos. We all could spend an eternity picking apart our flaws, what we’d change if we could with the snap of a finger, what we’d do-over if we had the opportunity so I challenge not only myself but all of you to stop trying to perfect what you are. Embrace the things you’d change, love the things you’ve been given and learn with every opportunity you’re presented with. I guarantee if you change your mind set to like you more you’ll actually begin to become stronger in the areas you were once weaker. You may become a better public speaker, a better cook, have a more positive approach on life, meet your career goals, feel more motivated at the gym or even become a better partner in your relationship since what you feel on the inside really does radiate outward.
So why not give it a go…what do you have to lose to just be a bit more of you in the first take not the twelfth.
True story, I didn’t have to make these cookies ten times to perfect them. Nope, just once. These little bites of deliciousness were perfect in every way just as is. And they’re a GOOD FOR YOU cookie that’s packed with protein, healthy fats and of course chocolate (what perfect dessert is complete without it?!). These thumbprint cookies are so easy to whip up and no baking is required. So go ahead and stuff your face while enjoying every yummy bite of this little treat!
No Bake Thumbprint Protein Cookies
Makes: 9 cookies/ Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
- 1/2 c creamy nut butter of choice + additional for topping (I have made these with almond and peanut and both work well)
- 2/3 c plant-based chocolate protein powder (I used this)
- 1 tbsp of almond milk (can sub cashew or soy as well)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)
- In a medium sized bowl combine the nut butter, protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix well until you achieve a moldable batter. (Note: you may have to add additional liquid as the consistency of protein powders can vary.)
- Using a tablespoon, measure out one tablespoon worth of mixture and roll between your palms to form a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
- Place each ball onto a cookie pan and lightly, using your finger, press down onto the center of each to slightly flatten while also creating a small well in the middle (for the nut butter topping to sit). Repeat this step for each.
- Add a small amount of nut butter into each well (avoid too much or it may run off of the sides).
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips if using, start with 30 seconds on high to avoid burning. Add additional time (30 second increments) if needed.
- When the chocolate is melted drizzle a little over each cookie.
- Place the pan in the fridge to set for at least one hour.
- Once set, to store the cookies, place them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy.