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Girl Scout TAGALONG Cookies [the Healthy Kind}

That's right you guys....I straight up did it again! 

Last year I made some bomb, sugar free, gluten free Samoa Girl Scout Cookies....you can snag that recipe HERE! 

And this year I just had to try another recipe, and Oh my word these cookies are amazing! Very simple to make, incredibly tasty, and gives you all the Girl Scout feels without all of the junk or added sugar! Plus with a little hidden gem in them! 

What could be hidden under all of this goodness you ask....??

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COLLAGEN! 

I used the Collagen Hydrolysate from Great Lakes Gelatin, which is perfect for baking because it dissolves in water, and doesn't have to alternate any of the other ingredients. I love adding this stuff to just about anything I bake so that I make it healthier, and with so many added benefits. 

Here's a few of the benefits you AND THE KIDS can get from using Collagen in your treats! 

  • Amazing for your hair, nail, and especially your SKIN! And as a newly 30 year old mama of 2, I'm all about keeping my skin looking nice and young! Can I get a "Yes & Amen" from my other mamas out there?!?!
  • For kiddos, it allows you to give them extra protein in their diet. Which who doesn't need a snack or treat that's extra filling for your kiddo! Maybe then you can get a bigger gap between their next moment of begging for more food! 
  • These days we need all of the HEALTHY GUT foods we can get. And starting your kiddos out with a healthy gut as early as possible is so helpful for their long term health. Collagen/Gelatin helps to increase gastric acid secretion in the gut and also helps to restore a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach. What does this do you ask? Well it helps keep the cells in the tummy healthy, which could help them avoid Leaky Gut which so many American's have these days, due to what we are eating. 
  • It's great for your bones and joints! Which for kiddos is awesome as they are growing, but even for adults this is helpful! How many people are walking around in pain from inflammation in the joints!?!? The amino acids in Collagen help to keep your cartilage and joints healthy, plus studies have even shown that gelatin can reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis.

Use code GLGLife20 for 20% off of Great Lakes Gelatin products! 

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TAGALONG Girl Scout Cookie Copy cat recipe! NO SUGAR, plus packed with Collagen!

TAGALONG [Sugar Free] Girl Scout Cookies

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup grass fed butter softened

  • 1/4 cup monkfruit

  • 1/4 cup Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (GLGLife20 for 20% off)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himilayan Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pack [Sugar Free] Chocolate Chips

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Preheat the oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

  • In a mixer, cream together the butter and monk fruit. Once creamed together, add in the Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate

  • Add in flour and salt, and mix. Then add the almond milk and vinalla until blended

  • Taking a piece of parchment paper, put all of the dough inside of it, creating a long, 2" round log. (mine went the entire width of the parchment paper, about 1.5ft long, and 2" thick) Keep it in the  parchment paper and freeze for 15-20minutes

  • Take the log out and cut it into 1/4" thick circles (mine made about 33 cookies). Bake for 12-15minutes, then cool on a rack

  • Mix together the peanut butter and coconut oil, microwave for 15-30 seconds. (If you have a peanut butter that is already creamy/runny, SKIP THIS PART, and don't add the coconut oil. **Feel free to add another 1/4 cup of Collagen to the peanut butter as well here**

  • Place a 1/4" thick amount of peanut butter on top of the cookie, smashing it down so that it fills the entire top of the cookie. Freeze for about 10 minutes

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. Cooking for only 15-30 seconds at a time and stirring to make sure they don't burn. Dip the cookies in the chocolate and freeze until the chocolate sets!

ENJOY ONE OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES MADE SUGAR FREE, AND WITH THE ADDED BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN! 

Check out my Facebook Live where I chat about the benefits of Collagen and how I add it to the things I bake. Plus join me as we put the finishing touches on our Tagalong Cookies!

CLICK TO TWEET--TAGALONG COOKIE RECIPE!

Use code GLGLife20 for 20% off of Great Lakes Gelatin products! 

As always, please share pics and tag me @BrittanySuell if you make and enjoy these with the fam! 

xoxo

Brittany

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for my honest opinion and use of it through my partnership with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

Healthy Cookies & A Hemp Heart Giveaway!

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It's the weekend, so why not enjoy some HEALTHY COOKIES topped with Manitoba Hemp Hearts

Seriously, this recipe makes everyone in my home happy! Even those who still willingly consume sugar on a regular basis! And for me, being sugar free for almost a year, when I make something like this it is such a treat for me! 

Made with lots of good ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with honey! 

It's the perfect alternative for your kiddos, and a great way to still allow them to enjoy a sweet treat while also reducing the amount of sugar intake they are getting! (...these are SO GOOD they will never know the difference!)

Plus with the added hemp hearts on top, you are adding extra protein that is plant based, plus omegas which are amazing for everyone! 

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You can add hemp hearts to just about anything for their added goodness and nutty flavor! I use them on salads, in my smoothies, or anything sweet like yogurt or these cookies! 

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Honey Stinger Gingersnap Waffle---turned into Healthy Cookies!

Yep I did it! I took the Honey Stinger Ginger Snap Waffle, which I fell deeply in love with back in March-April when I was training for the Big D Half Marathon, and I made a Healthy Cookie taste (almost) just like them. Sugar Free, Grain Free, Healthy Gingersnap Cookies

Well, they weren't quite as tasty because they didn't have the yummy, chewy-ness inside of them, but still....for being a no-grain, sugar free cookie, these things were DANG GOOD!

You see, I never used to eat gingersnaps. I might have had one in my lifetime, but when I was at mile 6 during a training run and I tasted that Honey Stinger Gingersnap Waffle, I was like WOAH! Seriously incredible, and I had to have some Gingersnap cookies. 

So...I made it happen! 

And what a great way to celebrate NATIONAL RUNNING DAY too! Taking the best mid-run fuel that I have tasted and making it into healthy cookies and sharing the recipe with you! So run to the store, get the ingredients, and make these cookies to CELEBRATE! Plus, have absolutely no guilt while eating them.

Grain Free, Sugar Free, Guilt Free, Healthy Gingersnap Cookies! 

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But before we get to the recipe, let's talk about NATIONAL RUNNING DAY! 

First off, be sure to enter my AMAZING GIVEAWAY for some TIUX Compression socks HERE! Giveaway ends this weekend, and you are definitely going to want some of these to make your runs that much better!

Why do you run!?!? Please share in the comments! And go HERE to make one of these awesome banners of your own to share to everyone and tell them why you run! 

National Running Day plus a Honey Stinger Gingersnap Waffle Healthy Cookie Recipe!

I remember in 2012 when we ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon, we over heard someone say they run because they can. That one day they may not be able to, so for now, they run! And that really stuck with both my mom and myself! So true! I love that. So today I celebrate running, BECAUSE I CAN! 

 

Now, to celebrate with these healthy cookies! 

Grain Free, Sugar Free, Guilt Free, Healthy Gingersnap Cookies!

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How to Make Cookies Healthy

HOW TO MAKE COOKIES HEALTHY, PLUS A LITLE INSIDER ON SUGAR, AND A YOGA MAT WINNER! So....let's just get real for a minute.

The past 2 weeks, Sugar has been on display in my home, community, and thoughts.

Let's start with Sugar in my HOME.

As I mentioned previously, we skipped Halloween this year and went camping as a family.  So I literally had zero candy! WIN for me! But, that week of Halloween, I took my husband grocery shopping with me, and he saw that the ice cream was on sale. So I agreed to buy ice cream and we left the store with not one, but two 1/2 gallons of ice cream, (buy one get one was the sale).

In the past 6 months of my life, my eating habits have been awesome. I can confidently say that I am sticking to an 80/20 diet, and the best part is, it has become a way of life, not just a diet, or a way to "lose weight."  So, even as a person who loves chocolate, cake, candy, sweets, the list goes on, I have found my healthy alternatives for when I am needing something sweet.  My go-to is frozen, Greek Yogurt with Granola and dark chocolate chips.  I love, love, love it, and it really has been just what I need when I'm wanting a sweet snack or dessert.  THEN.....my husband bought ice cream.  And I'm not going to lie, secretly I was okay with it, and kind of excited.  It wouldn't have been bad if I would've just eaten one bowl, but NO...I had one bowl every night for the next week and a half, until the ice cream was GONE!

Sugar in my COMMUNITY.

This past week my husband sent me a link to a podcast about healthy-living.  When I went to listen, it was an author who has written books about sugar.  She wrote about detoxing from sugar, and how it affects people's lives.  Their attitudes, feelings, and energy levels.  It was very intriguing.  On the same day, my sister told me that she bought a sugar detox book.

Also last week, a fellow blogger that I follow wrote about her experience during her month long sugar detox.  Jessica from the Fit Switch confessed to giving in to some fudge, and then talked about the downward spiral that happened after giving in to a little sugar.  Once she rationalized for some sugar, her body seemed to want it more and more, and she continued to rationalize.  It's a great read on how sugar affected her.

Sugar in my THOUGHTS.

After having my downward spiral experience with ice cream, sugar has been haunting me all week long! After eating a meal, not 30minutes later I feel like I need more food! I sincerely feel like that is attributed to the hunger for sugar my body is feeling after I fed it so much with the ice cream I was eating.  I understand that sugar is in more foods that just sweets, but for the most part, I have those other foods under control.  It's those sweets that seem to CONTROL ME when I give in even a little. So when I'm just home, and not staying busy, it seems that all my thoughts are focussed on either trying to find sugar, or trying to fight the urge to get sugar!

Secondly, after listening to the Podcast, finding a common ground with my sister, and reading the Fit Switch's post, I have been juggling with the thought of detoxing from sugar.

WOAH! I know that's a shocker!

I mean if I said I wanted to detox from sweets, that's a different story.  For me though, it would take a lot of research to find out what all has sugar in it.  I am positive there are so many things that I eat on a normal basis that I don't even realize how much sugar are in them.  Like my go-to granola that my husband and I love.  I have found that to be one of my favorite snacks, and a healthy alternative to other sweets, but to detox from sugar would mean no granola for me.

I wonder if I could actually do it. I wonder if  I could be SUCCESSFUL at a SUGAR DETOX!?!? 

Honestly....It Scares Me to Try!

So, I'm not quite going to commit to a sugar detox yet.  But I will commit to being MORE AWARE!

For the next few days/weeks, I commit to being aware of what foods I eat on a daily basis that have sugar in them.  I commit to being aware by limiting the foods I eat that have high sugar levels.  And I commit to being aware by doing more research on sugar detoxes.  Obviously I don't want to commit to a sugar detox just to FAIL! So before I go all-in, I want to do my research, and set myself up for SUCCESS!

Until then...NO MORE ICE CREAM IN MY HOUSE! I've decided if my husband needs to fulfill his craving for Ice Cream in the future, then he can go to Sonic or Dairy Queen, and get a personalized serving.  And I will stick to my frozen Greek Yogurt!

In the mean time, I'm finding better ways to bake some sweet treats in my house and keep them as healthy as possible.  I still need to look into the sugar levels of these cookies, so don't think they are SUGAR FREE, but these are just some substitute tips on how to make cookies healthy!

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-Replace sugar with honey!

For the first cup needed of sugar, use equal amounts of honey to sugar. Beyond the first cup of sugar required, use 2/3 of honey to each cup of sugar.

-Substitute most, if not all of butter with mashed bananas! 

Using butter when baking adds a whopping 1,600 calories and 177 grams of fat per cup used. Don’t use a banana measure-for-measure. Start by adding half a mashed banana, then judge the batter, adding a little more until you get the correct consistency. Some recipes may need a tablespoon or so of butter added back into it to get the best results.

-Use Dark Chocolate over milk chocolate or bittersweet chips

Dark chocolate is just the better choice of chocolate when eating it as candy or baking with it, so just start buying dark chocolate and your tastebuds will get used to it.

Cacao Nibs are an even better alternative! You can buy them HERE online.  I haven’t found them in stores near me yet, but I plan to look at a Natural Grocers soon.  Lot’s of other Fitness Bloggers suggest this for baking and smoothies as well!

-Substitute Coconut Oil for Vegetable Oil

Coconut oil is the oil of choice to use when baking or stir frying.  When baking with it, use equal measurements for the oil amount that it calls for. If it is a solid coconut oil, melt it first, then measure it out.

-Add protein powder or nuts 

Add some extra nutrition by adding some protein powder or nuts to your cookies! I added almonds to these!

I hope this helps.  We had a friend over helping my husband build some stuff today, so I decided I wanted to bake cookies from my favorite Christmas Cookie Cookbook.  So I baked these.  Part of it might have been my need for sugar, still coming off the sugar addiction from the ice cream, so I made some changes to make these a little better for me.

This is also a great way for me to practice healthy alternatives for when my son gets bigger and wants cookies, or needs them for school! I want him to still be able to enjoy some of the yummy foods in moderation, but why not make the healthy versions the NEW NORM for our family!

Now, for the WINNER!

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