Friday Faves: Healthy Treats

by Sara on August 5, 2011

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? šŸ˜‰

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

crushed protein meringues, TruWhip, raspberries

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.

5-calorie, 1 g. protein cookie!--crispy outside, soft meringue inside

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

cheesecake mousse topped with peanut butter and chocolate squares

Otherwise known as whipped cottage cheese. šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ˜‰

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.Ā  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?


  • Meg Bailey

    I’ve always been curious about your ravings on whipped cottage cheese! I’m tucking this away so I can try it the next time I have cottage cheese. I saw those meringues at your house and I was wondering what they were! How tasty!

    p.s. I love you, you’re too cute! <3

    • Sara Stewart

      Aww, I love you too, Meg! Let me know if you try the cottage cheese! Warning though: it’s addictive! xoxo

  • Girl In The Pink

    I just made some peanut butter and chocolate covered frozen bananas that I have been munching on after work outs lately! But my standard go to is a smoothie!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh my goodness, peanut butter and chocolate-covered frozen bananas sound amazing! I’m going to try making some myself!

  • Natalie

    Ahh, I LOVE this post!! You are too cute with your socks! I may go to F21 and look for them too…I need some help in the running department. šŸ˜‰

    Your healthy treats look really tasty. I want to try your “cheesecake” recipe, especially because cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. And raw mousse sounds pretty yummy too!

    My favorite healthy treat is greek yogurt, almond butter and granola all stirred together!

    • Sara Stewart

      Definitely go get the socks. You’ll become a speed demon! :-p

  • Julie

    This really is a cute post. I’d love to take a bit of everything here! I’ve been looking for the new Mojo bars, but no luck so far. :(

    My favorite healthy treat is peanut butter protein cookies. Just peanut butter, protein powder, stevia, an egg and voila!

    • Sara Stewart

      If you can’t find the Mojo’s, let me know! I’ll send you a few. :)

      The cookies sound delicious!

  • Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    All of these post work out treats look fabulous! I have to try the whipped cottage cheese and the meringues!

    Have a fabulous weekend at your family’s cabin!!! <3

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Stefanie! Have a great weekend, and let me know how you like to cookies and cottage cheese!

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I’m in LOVE with those bunny socks! And all of the delicious snack ideas, of course šŸ˜€ I usually just have a protein smoothie post workout, but I’m definitely going to have to give some of these a try, especially the whipped cottage cheese. I loveeee me some cottage cheese (I made a special trip to the store just to pick some up this morning), but I’ve never tried blending it… sounds like it would be fabulous! Love you, girlie! Hope you’re having an awesome Friday šŸ˜€

    • Sara Stewart

      I made a special trip to the grocery store last night for the sole purpose of picking up cottage cheese too. Oh our silly but oh-so-necessary habits! šŸ˜‰

  • Cara @ Chic Meets Healthy

    hahahaha i love F21 and target socks! i got my fav pair of neon leopard socks there! they are magical!!!

    that pie looks amazing, can he be both of our daddies? and YES! please open up a healthy fast food/fro yo shop with me at the beach. my bf can open up the gym next door šŸ˜‰

    • Sara Stewart

      Neon leopard socks?! They DO sound magical! Love it!

      Of course I’ll will share the pie daddy with you…Ha! And we’re on for the froyo/food shop!

  • Kristine @ Running on Hungry

    I NEED to get that Mojo Bar! Oh my goodness!

    And I’m LOVING those socks!

    • Sara Stewart

      If you find them, buy the entire box. They’re really that good. :)

  • Tessa@AmazingAsset

    This is a GREAT post! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog (from Amanda’s!)
    The meringues look perfect, and I have all of those ingredients in my pantry… of to whip some up :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks for stopping by, Tessa! Let me know how you like the meringues! They’re definitely *different* than regular meringues though…much lighter. They literally melt in your mouth. And you really CAN eat the entire batch (12 g. protein!) and not feel weighted down one bit. :)

  • Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    Some fresh mountain air and s’mores sounds amazing! :)

    I love those socks and your post-workout snacks! Protein Meringues? Wow. Yes, I will be eating all 15 of those cookies!

    My fav post workout snack are apples with peanut butter….or anything with peanut butter for that matter!

  • Sally

    Those new Mojo bars are so good! Thanks for introducing them to me. My favorite summer treat Is just about any kind of seasonal fruit…especially cherries and peaches.
    Ps…grampa would have loved those turtle socks!

  • Khushboo

    Great post and I feel you on the ice cream love! Get yourself some xanthan gum- its a godsend for when the cravings hit! I made a peanut butter & banana smoothie the other day after my workout and the xanthan gum thickened it up to an almost soft-serve consistency!

  • Katie

    LOVE so much in this post! Please wear those cute socks in philly! Ha! love them!

    So jealous of the new bars, I am going to look for them one more time today, if I dont find them, Im just ordering a box off amazon, I have to order a new camera lens anyway, so I will order it with that!

    Love your recipes! Oh and Whos Your Daddy yum! ha! Love it! Looks amazing! Seriously, we can go to chicago anytime, it would be so fun!!!! Lets still plan vegas for your birthday! Get on gchat tomorrow if you can! Love you!

    • Sara Stewart

      I will definitely bring extra bars to Philly!! You’re going to loooove them! I haven’t tried the other two new flavors because they contain pretzels, but the chocolate, almond coconut flavor doesn’t!

      Yes, let’s do Chicago soon!! And Vegas is a definite yay!! Oh and then there’s Foodbuzz! You’re going, right?! So many fun trips in our future! <3

      • Allyson Bunker

        I think Chicago sounds like a GREAT idea! :)

  • Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice

    Yum – that meringue and whip looks sooo good! I acutally did a second look at the ingredients – I didn’t believe those healthy ingredients could make something that good.

    ps: nice blog! Just came across it. Hope you are having a good weekend.

  • Natalie

    I’m a smoothie-girl post workout, but I have to try the whipped cottage cheese! It looks SO good :)

  • meri

    whoa- I’m on total overload as to what to do first- make the meringues (which I know I love), try the whipped cottage cheese (which would be new for me!) or go to F21 for some workout socks??? They are so cute!

    • Sara Stewart

      How about making the meringues first, then whipping the cottage cheese and topping it with the meringues? Perfect fuel for a shopping trip to F21! ;-p

  • Tina Reale

    Haha! Cute socks! And yowza – you killed that speed work. Six miles in 43 minutes? Holy awesome!

    Those meringues looks so delicious. As does the clif bar.

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Tina! I honestly don’t know where the energy and stamina came from…I really think it must have been the socks :)

  • Red Velvet Life

    Mmm everything looks delicious, Sara! I would love any of those yummy treats for a post-workout snack…or anytime, really! :) Lately I’ve been loving cherries — can’t get enough of them! And I also love my post-workout smoothies!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time in the mountains with the fam! Roasted marshmallows and s’mores . . . mmm!!

    • Sara Stewart

      We’re having a great time! Just finished roasting those marshmalllows and they were even more delicious than I remember!

      Mmm I love summer cherries!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I’m totally trying that “whipped cheesecake” – sounds incredible!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omg all of these sounds delicious!! I’m so excited to make some of these! Those protein meringues sound so easy and like a great sweet treat! And omg that MOJO bar… I haven’t seen that one before but it looks so, so good! I’m going to be on the look out now!

  • Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean

    The whipped cottage cheese looks AMAZING. I’m going to have to try that STAT. And those protein merengues? I make egg puffs (have the recipe on my blog) that’s super similar ALLL the time! LOVE IT!

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