Okay I know you might think I’m obsessed with the new NaturaStride thinkSport bottles. You’re right – I totally am. Allow me a moment to further illustrate why:
First, they’re surprisingly larger than they appear online – 25oz packs plenty of water for an intense workout, an afternoon on the beach, a long walk with the dog, etc.
And this is my favorite part. thinkSport was brilliant enough to include this removable mesh filter which keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout. This is also useful if you’re using it to filter tea while on the go. I, personally, am a fan because I often pop a few lemon slices into my water and no longer have to worry about choking on the unexpected lemon seed.
Ahhhh… This is the most refreshing water I’ve ever tasted!
Okay we can move on now. Hey! It’s Friday! We did it again. This weekend is gonna be great. It’s Joe’s birthday weekend, and we have a bunch of fun dinners & nights out planned with some of our favorite friends.
I kick-started the weekend this morning with yet another treadmill workout. After last week’s horrible workout, I was determined to actually feel good this week.
Woke up early, and decided to fuel up a bit with ½ deli thin with natural PB and cherry jam.
Manny: “Mom – sure you don’t wanna stay and cuddle on the couch?”
(He’s not the most motivating of dogs.)
I ended up doing 5 ½ on the treadmill with some “rolling hills” at 7:30 pace, and walked an additional mile at the end. Felt okay. I think it’s safe to say treadmill workouts generally are not awesome. I’m planning on getting in a nice easy long run tomorrow OUTDOORS to hopefully kick this running funk. Ooh you know what else will help to get me out of the funk? When these bad boys arrive at my front door today:
New minimalist running shoes for my recovery days from the NB minimus. Stay tuned for review.
So, for Joe’s birthday, he asked me to make him peanut butter cookies! Cute. Of course, I obliged, because we all know that licking (vegan) cookie batter off the spoon doesn’t “count” as calories. Yes?
I adapted this recipe from (never home)maker – lots of delish, healthy, and vegan recipes here that I’ve been meaning to try. This one looked particularly yummy.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Coconut Oil (I didn’t have coconut oil and neither did the market near my house. So I used olive oil and they came out fine)
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 ¼ cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- ¼ cup Ground Flax
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips (If you’re going for vegan, be sure to get vegan CC’s. I just used regular ol’ Nestle Milk Chocolate)
- Preheat oven to 315 degrees
- Slowly mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil (or olive oil), and brown sugar
- Slowly add the applesauce to the mixture, as well as the vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, salt, ground flax, baking soda, and baking powder
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir well
- Now add the chocolate chips! You’re gonna have to use your (clean) hands *just to be sure* the chips are evenly dispersed :) And then you can lick your fingers (Everyone wins!)
- Roll about 1” balls onto your parchment-lined baking sheets & slightly flatten with the back of a spoon
- Pop into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. (The original recipe called for 12-15 minutes. I kept them in for probably 18 minutes probably because I used olive oil instead of coconut oil which apparently has a higher tendency to burn. So just keep a good eye on ‘em).
- Allow to cool & enjoy!
These cookies are AWESOME. Joe is one lucky guy.
In our household – when we enjoy a cookie, all household members enjoy a cookie.
(Note: This recipe makes a TON of cookies. I like making smaller/bite-sized cookies, and it probably yielded 50. Next time I’ll probably halve the recipe.)
Anyways – what are you guys up to this weekend?? Big Plans? ...do you need a new water bottle?