Pinterest is the devil. It is a time sucker, and….. I love it.
If you follow me, you’ll notice I have a LOT of things saved in there relating to food. I had to start categorizing into “good food,” “clean eating,” “naughty treats,” because I just see so many good things I want to try and I need some organization dang it! I love food, what can I say?
When I try a new recipe, 8 times out of 10, I find some way to “clean it up” a little. Nutter butter Reese’s peanut butter cup truffles must be amazing, and if I plan on making them for someone else, I’ll make the real thing. For my family, I usually sub for something better: stevia instead of sugar, coconut sugar instead of brown sugar, coconut oil instead of butter, etc….
Here’s something I find A LOT: Pinterest lies. Recipe makers aren’t health gurus. (Most anyway). When I see a recipe for “Healthy Greek yogurt lemon poppyseed bread,” and see this amazing picture of the prettiest moist yellow bread with sugary glaze, something in my head thinks hmmmmm, I don’t know how “healthy” that really is. So I go to the link, read the ingredients and sure enough… It’s still very rich with unhealthy fats, refined flours and tons of sugar. There’s a smidge of Greek yogurt so now it’s deemed “healthy.” I’m so mean if I just burst your bubble. But titles, labels, and descriptions aren’t accurate and can affect you negatively if you’re not aware.
I also saw a delicious “clean” cookie recipe. It contained Craisins and chocolate chips. Cranberries, great. Dark chocolate does have benefits. But lots of added sugar (from dried fruit + chocolate) negates the “clean,” you see what I’m saying? Sure it’s healthier but you can’t just assume it’s a free-for-all because of what the recipe creator calls it.
A huge part of getting fit and eating healthier is being aware of what you put into your body. Excess junk= not the body you want.
All this talk of delicious treats, I’ve got to leave you with some kind of healthy one!
We make these often, even my kids love em =) I’m including my own adjustments.
Jamie Eason’s lemon protein bars. (because who doesn’t love her?)
- 1 cup oat flour (I blend oats in a blender)
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 qt mix Crystal Light (preferably without aspartame) I use the Truvia one, and I’ve tried various flavors.
- 4 egg whites
- 1/4 cup stevia or similar sweetener
- 1 cup no sugar-added applesauce
- 1/2 cup water (1/2 cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix oat flour, vanilla whey protein, salt, baking soda and crystal light, in large bowl.
- Mix egg whites, Splenda, applesauce and water in a bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
- Spray 8×8 glass pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
- Pour ingredients into dish.
- Bake 23 minutes.
We cut into 16 small squares. One serving= 2 squares.
Macros per serving: 94 calories, 1.2 g fat, 11.8 g carbs, 9.2 g protein