Peanut Butter Cookies from a Very Special Guest.

Many of you know that I’ve been doing keto for a while. What you might not know is that Keto has been rubbing off on my family members, too! This recipe for these delicious peanut butter cookies comes from my sister.

My sister has been doing keto for about 6 months now, and has a unique experience with it since she is still a high school athlete. Her progress pictures are below.

 

Throughout the summer, she will share her tips and tricks to working keto into her lifestyle on our blog. I’m super proud of my sister for taking the bull by the horns and changing her life!

Ok, without further ado, here’s what you came for, the Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe!

With many cookouts and parties this summer, these low carb peanut butter cookies will be a perfect dessert.

What you will need:

 

1 cup of creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 egg

Up to 1 cup of sweetener

+ some oil (apprx. 1-2 tbs, but it will depend on how creamy your peanut butter is)

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the peanut butter, sweetener, egg, and vanilla extract into a small bowl.

 

 

While mixing these ingredients, add small amounts of the oil to the batter until the batter looks like this:

Small amounts go a long way! Once finished mixing, use a large non-greased cookie sheet to place the cookies on.

Roll the cookies into a 1 inch cookie.

Place a fork on top to flatten the cookies out and for a cute decoration.

Place the cookie sheet into the oven and wait for 9-11 minutes.

 

 

Then take them out and allow a good 5 minutes for cooling. Enjoy! Makes about 2 dozen cookies

 

English Toffee Fat Bombs

I’m pretty sure that Fat Bombs were named by a male because the name does not sound nearly as appealing as the treat itself is. I think if I invented the fat bomb, I’d probably name it “PMS Lifesaver” or “Chocolaty Drops of Heaven” or “There’s No Way I can Eat these and Lose Weight Candies”.

These delicious treats keep me full for hours with providing me with my coconut oil needs for the day. They also help get my fat intake up, which is essential to the keto diet. If you have concerns about me eating too much fat and my body absorbing all the fat, don’t worry. Remember, on Keto, my body runs on fat, not glucose. In fact, studies, like this one completed last month in the UK, have shown that even saturated fats aren’t bad for you. Remember, fat doesn’t just go straight from our mouth to our stomach to our hips and gut. It’s broken down and used by the body, just like other nutrients. If there is excess, then yes, the body will store it. However, your body won’t store the fat if it is used as energy.

Ok… Enough already!

This is the recipe for English Toffee Fat Bombs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
  • 3 Tbs Davinci Gourmet Sugar Free English Toffee Syrup

The suryp comes in a bottle like this:Image

Directions:

  1. Put all of your ingredients in a pot on the stovetop on a medium/low heat. Image
  2. Stir until everything melts together and is smooth.Image
  3. Pour them into a mold of some kind. I used a mini muffin pan, but I hear some people use silicone pans. Pop those suckers in the freezer for a few hours.Image
  4. After a few hours, they’ll be good to go. Pop them out and try not to eat them all! They store well in the freezer.Image

Nutritional Information:

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New Lowest Weight (in this decade)

I’m not sure when the last time I was 152 was. When I started a low carb diet in high school I was at 155. I lost 20 pounds then, maybe a little more. Then my freshman year I stopped working out and started eating more pizza and before you knew it I was at 155 again. For most of the last 5 years, other than one year where I was “content” in the 170 range, I’ve lived at around 155-165. So when I stalled in that 155-158 range for the last month, I was disappointed.

This week I buckled down. Not that I wasn’t committed before, but I think I may have gotten a little too lax with artificial sweeteners. I made some FAT BOMBS  which are primarily coconut oil and natural peanut butter. (Side note: Coconut oil is excellent for you! Studies have shown that people that incorporate coconut oil in their diet lose more fat than people that ate similarly but without coconut oil in their diet.)

Apparently, my hard work paid off. I woke up at 152.0! My body fat percent went down a little, too. This means I’ve lost 21 pounds on the scale!!! I’ve lost 26 pounds of fat and put on 5 pounds of muscle). My plateau in the mid 150’s is over. Before I know it, I will be swimming in the 140’s and wearing my favorite size 8 Levi jeans.

This is a picture of how much FAT I’ve lost!

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A Sunday Summary

This week was a roller coaster for me.

I started out depressed about not seeing progress on the scale. Then I started a 60 hour workweek which was completed in 4 days. At work on Monday, one of my co-workers, a 70 year old health guru, mentioned that he thought I was losing weight. On the same day, I tightened another notch on my belt.

I didn’t get as many workouts this week as I would have liked. Even though I woke up one morning at 4:00 am to make sure I got my 1.5 mile run in. I ate lots of summer sausage, cheese, celery, and homemade peanut butter.

Later in the week, the scale did move downwards, two pounds. And then yesterday, I got my scale and found out that I’ve dropped 20 pounds of fat.

I did work out both Saturday and Sunday. I missed my workouts through the week, though. Just jogging a few miles was tough today. Glad I got back on the bandwagon now and not next week.

This has been a mentally and physically exhausting week. I can’t say that I’m ready to go back to work tomorrow, but I am looking forward to only working 40 hours. This should free up another 20 hours for rest and working out.

I’m super tired from my work-out today, and I’m heading to bed early, at 6:20 pm. It’s been a long week and I have work at 6:00 am.