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Cacao Nib Peanut Butter Brookies

Have you ever craved a sweet treat so bad after resisting a dessert at a party or restaurant? No? Just me? Well, thanks to my cravings for a brownie I came home the other night and created these “brookies” = brownie cookies! They are MUCH healthier than the chemical alternative I avoided earlier that night, yet I still satisfied my brain’s need for chocolate and sugar. Had I noshed on the party brownies, I would have been consuming all sorts of processed chemicals created in a lab and nuked in a microwave – further removing any beneficial nutrients. My brookies contain Shakeology, a nutrient dense meal replacement powder, cacao nibs, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, homemade peanut butter, maple syrup, chia seeds, and medjool dates, just to name a few. All of these foods are packed with micronutrients and phytonutrients that are lost in the commercial sweet treats through processing and chemical reductions.

You can nom on these and feel guilt free – knowing you are giving your body the nutrients they deserve! (Please note, they are still not a main food group and should be consumed sparingly. ūüėČ Without further ado, here is the recipe! (If you want to know more details about the benefits or difference between these type of sweet treats and the regular store bought chocolate chip cookies – let me know! I could literally write an entire post about it!)

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***Read through all the ingredients listed below before starting; I broke it up into three sections to make preparation easier.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl:
1 1/2 c. spelt flour
1/2 c. oat flour
1 scoop chocolate vegan Shakeology (optional – you can sub 3 tbsp. cocoa powder)
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Combine all wet ingredients in a glass bowl (to microwave) or small pot to heat on the stovetop (preferred method):
2 tbsp. coconut oil
3 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 mashed banana
1/2 c. canned coconut cream water (you can use the cream for homemade whipped cream) OR use any milk substitute you’d like
2 tbsp. Chia seeds (add to mixture after heated/removed from stovetop Рlet sit for 5 minutes before adding to dry)

Mix in after all the above wet and dry ingredients are combined in a single bowl:
1/4 c. cacao nibs
3 Medjool dates, chopped into small pieces
1/4 c. walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350¬įF

After combing all the dry ingredients together, heat the wet ingredients over low heat to melt and combine. This should take less than five minutes. Add chia seeds and stir immediately, then let sit for 5 minutes. Stir vigorously again. Add all the wet ingredients to the dry. Be careful not to over-mix, since spelt flour is not as glutenous as traditional wheat flour. Once combined, add the mix-ins to the batter, ensuring to incorporate them throughout.

Scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake 12-15 minutes. These produce a very moist, almost brownie-like cookie… hence the name brookie. ūüėČ Enjoy!

Thirty Days of Shakeology

Back in September of 2013 I did a trial¬†run of thirty days of Shakeology. I started the journey with no expectations other than sticking with it for 30 days, and posted my daily recipes on Instagram as I progressed. I never drank a packaged shake of any kind before, so I was a little skeptical. However, I wanted to give it a fair shot, since I’d heard so many amazing things about itMy goal was to take it every single day, for 30 days and see what changes (if any) I noticed in my body. (Please note, this post has been updated from my¬†original post, Sept. 2013.)

Here were my personal experiences back in 2013: 

  • With a shake for breakfast every morning, I could actually make it to lunch without feeling like gnawing my arm off, even after a long workout.
  • I felt satisfied and like I was receiving good nutrition, so I didn’t feel guilty if I couldn’t get all my vegetables for the day (nothing can replace FRESH WHOLE FOODS in my opinion, but I felt much better on the super busy days, than I did in the past without Shakeology)
  • My energy levels (given my workouts, lack of sleep and stress lately) have remained pretty high, which is surprising to me. Typically when I run myself like this, I end up getting sick. (Knock on wood…)
  • In the end, I don’t think I ended up losing any weight on the scale, but I’m not as concerned about that, since I’m at a good weight.
  • I feel like I have more muscle definition, but this could be from T25 but I noticed this before T25. Maybe it was just because I FELT better all around.
  • Lastly, I most definitely was more regular, if ya catch my drift. ūüėČ (Psssst… improved digestion.)

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2013 Conclusion:¬†I’m going to continue taking Shakeology since I am currently on a program where it ships automatically to my house every month. I really like the dependability of home shipment, I do it for a few household items on Amazon too. I came home last week and BAM it was on my doorstep. No thinking about it, not another trip to the store, just right there waiting for me. Overall, I feel better. Not a miraculous OH MY GOSH THIS IS AMAZING. But I did crave a shake every single day… so my body definitely needed what was in this and you cannot beat the convenience. I had a nutritious breakfast every morning in under 5 minutes.

If you are interested in learning more, this site is LOADED with everything you need to know!

2017 UPDATE:

It’s now April of 2017, and with the exception of a month or so back in 2015 I’ve been drinking Shakeology regularly, every day (95% of days) since my original post. I still love it. I still drink the same flavor — chocolate vegan. And I still stand by it as the best tasting, most satisfying plant protein shake on the market. I’ve tried at least three others over the past few years and none of them compare to Shakeology. I don’t want to throw¬†any of them under the bus, but there were some high quality, well-known brands.

Adding to my 2013 experience, I’d say that when I have stopped taking Shakeology, I definitely missed it. I can’t put my finger on it, but the best way to describe it is that I didn’t feel as nourished. If I skip a day or two due to various circumstances, I notice its missing and I’m always excited to drink it again.

Look, I am still technically a Beachbody coach, and I still technically have a link you can purchase it from… but I honestly don’t care if you buy from me or someone you know better. At the end of the day, I’m still drinking it because its the best fit for me and my lifestyle. After every workout it is a great way to refuel, get protein and a ton of other nutrient filled supplements into my bloodstream. Quick and easy. Some days it lasts me an hour and other days it lasts me four; it just depends on how much I’ve burned and how hungry I am.

Bottom line — NOTHING will ever replace whole, fresh, organic, produce. We should always EAT PLANTS FIRST and use shakes and supplements as just that, a supplement to our everyday nutrition. So if Shakeology is too expensive for your budget right now, just simply eat more plants. I have created a quick start guide on how to incorporate more plants into your daily nutrition. You can read about it here, or purchase it for $5 here.

Below are pictures of all 30 shakes I made on my 30 day journey. I posted them to Instagram everyday. If you click on the picture below, it will take you to the Instagram post which includs the recipe as well! {Or you can download a PDF of all 30 days of recipes here. Coming soon!}

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Food for Thought on the Price of Shakeology

Everyone needs to make a living, so I’m sure they make a profit and charge more than the cost of production – but so does the company who produces every¬†bag of protein powder you purchase. Wether it be from Wal Mart or Beachbody.

Everyone, everywhere needs to make a living – you just have to decide for yourself if the product is worth the price. In my opinion, I think it is.¬†Even for someone who is willing to spend money freely on quality nutrition. I definitely had a hard time swallowing the price of¬†Shakeology¬†at first so I get it, 100%. But now, after almost 4 years of taking it as part of my daily nutrition, I don’t blink an eye at the cost. It is my new normal, and I include it in our budget for groceries.

If you are interested in a low-cost Vegan Sampler of Shakeology, you can purchase a sample pack online. It has Tropical Strawberry and Chocolate. Mr. Zucchini Runner drinks Tropical Strawberry everyday and I drink Chocolate! You can also take comfort in their 100% satisfaction guarantee.