Giving sweets to your sweetie is a tradition on Valentine's Day, but it doesn't have to be an unhealthy gift. Try this recipe for black bean brownies. These are so tasty, you wouldn't even suspect that the main ingredient is black beans...unless you baked them yourself. These yummy treats are made with no gluten, no dairy, and no sugar. You get the healthy benefits of fiber and coconut oil, too. All of this in a DESSERT? Fabulous!
Black Bean Brownies
Trying to stick to a “diet” during the holidays can be very challenging. If I’m in strict preparation for a fitness competition, I stay focused on my ultimate goal and do not stray from my meal regimen even when faced with the sweets and feasts of the holiday season. However, if I’m in my “off-season” but want to maintain a fairly healthy and clean diet, there are a few basic concepts that I keep in mind when making decisions on what and how much to eat during special holiday occasions.
As promised, here is
my recipe for "Zucchini Bread" Protein Bars. Such a
tasty treat. A good snack choice whether you're contest dieting
or just trying to eat clean.
2 medium zucchini,
peeled and cooked (steamed) until tender.
1 cup brown
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I like Dymatize Elite 100% Whey Protein).
February 8, 2011
Busy day at work today! Even though I didn't get home until late, I STILL got my SeXercise workout in this evening. The workout only takes about 45 minutes and I find that because of the varied intensity of the intervals, it seems to move along fairly quickly. Great thing about a DVD workout that I can do at home -- my workout clothes don't have to match, hee hee! (For some reason, I couldn't find color-coordinated shirt and shorts tonight. Do laundry.
Well, I survived the feasting frenzy that surrounded me on Super Bowl Sunday with my diet & training program still intact. I actually hosted a western-themed party (in honor of Cowboys Stadium being the Super Bowl venue), so I prepared dishes such as franks & beans, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, BBQ beef brisket, and baked mac & cheese. Because I always offer my guests healthy options as well, I also prepared a turkey chili (using no oil or cheese) and apple cobbler (made with Splenda, low fat soy milk, and brown rice flour).