I’ve been known to get strong post-run hankerings for ice cream. Even though my “normal appetite” doesn’t typically rear it’s head until a good 30-45 minutes after a heavy sweat sesh, my appetite for ice cream is roaring the minute I step off the treadmill.
Yesterday I had a particularly good run.
I’d like to take all the credit, but in reality, this was my secret:
I swear that my Forever 21 bunnies provided the extra
jump hop in my step that was needed to power through 6 miles in 43:45–my new PR!
A power boost for only $0.99? Who knew F21 sold athletic gear? 😉
Anyways, I’ve gotten off topic. My particularly good run also meant that I had a particularly strong craving for ice cream. Upon returning home, I dug into the freezer and polished off all that was left of the previous night’s TCBY frozen yogurt.
And then the guilt set in…
“Sara,” my muscles screamed, “Give me something nourishing! Now!”
I had no problem obliging.These crushed cookies provided a great alternative post-run protein punch.
Healthy Treat #1: Protein Meringues
3 egg whites
1/4 t. cream of tartar
1/4 t. vanilla
1/4-1/2 t. liquid stevia
Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla.
Spoon large spoonfuls of meringue on to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 250* for 20-30 minutes.
The entire batch (about 15 light-as-air cookies) pack 12 grams of protein. Yep, go ahead and eat all 15 cookies!
Healthy Treat #2: Cheesecake Protein Mousse
Otherwise known as whipped cottage cheese. 😉
I know I’ve mentioned my love for this treat numerous times, but yesterday I realized that I’ve never actually shared how I prepare it.
Guys, if you haven’t tried this, DO IT NOW. It tastes like cheesecake. (If you don’t like cheesecake…well, I’d say try it anyways…or just keep scrolling.)
1/2 cup cottage cheese
splash of almond milk (don’t use any if your cottage cheese is runny)
1/2 packet of stevia (or sweetener of choice)
mix ins: chocolate chips, almond butter, peanut butter, peanut flour, granola
“Whip” the cottage cheese until smooth and creamy. (I use a Magic Bullet, but a regular blender or mini food processor works too). Spoon into a dish and add toppings!
3. Healthy Treat #3: Chocolate Almond Coconut bar
I wish I could say I made it…
But the fabulous folks over at Clif Bar deserve the credit.
These are goooooood. In fact, new Mojo Bar is THE BEST bar I’ve tasted in a long time. It’s packed with huge chunks of almonds and chocolate, and covered in flaked coconut.
Healthy Treat #4: Carob Mousse Pie
Who’s yo’ daddy?
Oh, I wish my daddy could be this pie. Yes, yes I do. 😉
I’ve always been skeptical about raw vegan desserts, but no more. This decadent mousse pie from Earth Cafe contains nothing but carob, distilled water, almonds, coconut, coconut butter, agave, dates, pecans, walnuts, vanilla and cinnamon.
But more importantly, it’s sweet, creamy, smooth and delicious.
Okay, loves, now that my heart’s a-flutter with sweet lust, it’s time to keep the blood flow going and scoot on back to the gym. Today this is my secret:
I’m guessing the turtles aren’t going to help me much in the speed department. Yep, today is most definitely a weights day.
Have a beautiful weekend!
I’m heading to my family’s cabin for the night, and can’t wait to breathe some fresh mountain air (AND roast marshmallows!!!).
Much love to you all. xoxoxo
What’s your favorite post-workout or healthy treat?