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Feel Good Cookie Dough


Eating cookie dough can make you feel pretty sluggish and just overall not well. Luckily there's an awesome feel good recipe to turn to when cravings hit.


Instead of a whole lot of sugar and fat, this cookie dough recipe is loaded with fiber, protein, healthy slow digesting fats, and nutrients like b6 for sustained energy.




Chickpea Cookie Dough


Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas

  • 1/3 cup peanut or cashew butter

  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

  • Turn this into cookies: simply add 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:


1. Open can of chickpeas, drain and rinse. Place chickpeas in large bowl and pat dry with paper towel.

2. Place chickpeas and remaining ingredients (except chocolate chi

ps) into a blender or food processor.

3. Blend until smooth.

4. Taste, if desired add additional tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.

5. Remove dough, place in a large bowl with chocolate chips, mix with a spatula until chips are evenly distributed.

7. Roll into 1-inch balls.

8. Optional: To bake into cookies pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add dough balls. Cook for about 12-16 minutes.


Makes about 12 cookies



Here's why you also shouldn't feel guilty after indulging in cravings or your favorites:


When you put food as "off-limits" due to a diet, you actually start to develop a heightened desire for these foods. When you actually give in, people tend to eat them like it's the "last super," because your in your mind you may never eat them again.

  • Instead of thinking in this way, realize that one food is never going to cause weight gain or is associated with disease. It will always be a combination of factors, i.e. lack of exercise, genetics, too many calories over time, etc.

  • Learn to eat your favorites and move on! There is a difference between being full and being satisfied. Being full and not being satisfied usually brings on the desire to continue eating. Ask yourself what truly brings you satisfaction with your meals, snacks, and desserts!

  • Overtime, you can become an intuitive eater where you eat when your hungry and stop when your full, even if it's food that you used to binge on! For more info, schedule a discovery call by emailing - cmk529@nyu.edu.






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