Byline: Tina Paymaster.
Why is it that most of us think we have to give up the food we love in order to create a healthier lifestyle, get the body we want or the skin and hair that we desire?
Life should be about fulfillment and enjoyment, not deprivation.
I was eating dairy every day at the time I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance…cottage cheese with fruit for breakfast, Greek yogurt for a snack, goat cheese on everything!
Being told that I’d have to give up this entire food group in order to heal my digestive issues wasn’t something I wanted to hear, but I also knew that I didn’t want to feel horrible anymore either. I was feeling tired, nauseous, bloated and moody every day. My skin was breaking out for the first time in my life. I knew I only had once choice. So I decided to slowly start to cut out dairy little by little. And sure enough, after only a few weeks, my physical and emotional symptoms started fading away and my skin started clearing up too.
Having to cut out certain foods that my body was not able to digest and assimilate wasn’t easy, but I feel that it was a gift.
I became more creative with ingredients that I was using to bake and cook, choosing ones that not only made my body feel good, but also made my food taste amazing so I didn’t feel deprived at all. My passion for cooking went to a whole new level and today, I love sharing my knowledge and joy for creating beautiful, nourishing and delicious food with my clients, friends and family.
Through working on healing my own body, I learned that you can still “have your cake and eat it too”…
You just have to be conscious of the ingredients you’re putting into that “cake.” By choosing cleaner, more pure ingredients that your body can properly digest and assimilate, you can still enjoy many of the foods you love. You don’t have to give up all the foods you love in order to live a healthier life. You just have to get a little more creative with your ingredients.
Even as a health coach, I get cravings for something sweet now and then. These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the perfect treat. They are so easy to make and are actually good for you! Completely vegan, gluten-free and sugar free, these are cookies that you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in once in a while.
You can have them as pre-workout energy fuel, an afternoon snack or even a breakfast treat!
Vegan, Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup lightly ground gluten-free oats*
½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp coconut palm sugar (optional for a little added sweetness, omit for sugar-free)
1/2 cup chopped raw dark chocolate
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions for making these Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mash bananas in a medium sized bowl, until almost pureed, but a little chunky.
3. Add in vanilla, almond butter and coconut oil and stir to combine.
4. Add in ground gluten free oats, cinnamon, pinch of sea salt and coconut palm sugar if using. Mix to combine.
5. Fold in chopped raw dark chocolate and walnuts if using.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
7. Drop small rounds of cookie batter into sheet. Should make about 11-12 small cookies. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned on top. Let cool and serve. Cookies should keep in an airtight container for at least a week.
* I just ground up some oats in a blender leaving a few whole pieces so there’s a little more texture to the cookies. For a smoother cookie, feel free to grind the oats more.
Tina Paymaster is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Expert and Recipe Developer who inspires women to discover their confidence and potential for true happiness & optimal health by teaching them how to love their bodies, feed their souls and create nourishing lifestyles that last.
She currently works with her clients through customized one-on-one wellness programs, group coaching programs and private cooking classes.
You can learn more about Tina on her website.