Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Day Semi-Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies might not be the most healthy but they are light and delicious.
I don't know what we enjoyed more, baking these cookies together or eating them??

The finished product.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup oil ( I used EVOO)
1 can pumpkin (I used Libby's 100% pure pumpkin)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat Oven to 350'
Combine dry ingredients together in one bowl.
Combine all other ingredients together in separate bowl.
Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet mixed ingredient bowl until well combined.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Bake 10-12 or until firm.
Feel free to sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar for a little something extra.

Nutrition - approximately 100 calories per cookie and only 5 grams of fat. I have more ideas as to how to make these even healthier, let me know if you interested in hearing them.

These are low in sugar and loaded with Vitamin A. 
P.S. Don't tell the kids there is a nutritious vegetable in their cookies. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kettlebody By Brook Fitness Challenge - Exciting News

Well it's a kind of bittersweet posting, the end of the eight week Dub Lane Kettlebell Fitness Challenge.
Before 128.6 lbs after 123 lbs. Lost 5.6 lbs Gained a new outlook on my health!

After eight body changing weeks I managed to be the winner of the Kettlebell Fitness Challenge!!!
I received the news today that I was chosen by Brook Benten herself. What an honor that I am so grateful for. Before I go on and tell you my fitness testimony I want to say thank you to Erin at Life in the Dub Lane for hosting this fitness challenge and giving me the opportunity to change my entire body.
So, when I first started this program I only wanted to lose a few pounds and tone my body. Little did I know it would change my whole outlook on my health and fitness.
I lost over five pounds, almost two inches off my waist (which in my book is a miracle) and really toned my arms and legs like never before and best of all gained self confidence. Five pounds might not sound like a lot to some of you, but to me those last five pounds were the hardest.

Thanks to Kettlebody by Brook I now am at a much higher fitness level. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, energetic workout with great results in little time.

Now - I did not get these results with working out alone. I used My Fitness Pal everyday to journal my food intake and also made some great recipes I got from Brook's website - .

I really hope that some how my changes can inspire you to make a change in your life. God gave us the bodies to do wonderful things with so without our health what can we do?

PS - I will continue my kettlebell journey with Brook's Butts and Guts workout (Starts Monday)! I'll keep you posted.