I have a major sweet tooth, and cookies are like my kryptonite. Most of the year I'm pretty good at moderation, but when December hits, all bets are off.
This time of year, my Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest feeds are full of nothing but amazing holiday sweets: peppermint fudge combos, spice cookies, gingerbread houses, snowball cookies, coookies shaped like snowflakes or ornaments, eggnog baked into every treat imaginable. And then there are the annual cookie swaps and the treats that get brought into the office. It's tough out there!
I'm trying to be extra good this year. Not only so I stay off Santa's naughty list, but also because I'm engaged! I had set fitness goals a few months back, before the ring, and now that I have dress fittings in my near future, I have even more incentive to stick to my goals.
But, my number one fitness rule: I never deny my sweet tooth when a craving hits. That will only lead to a major binge down the road. So, instead of reaching for cookies every time I get a craving, I'm trying to make sure I have plenty of healthy sweet treats on hand. One of my favorite snacks right now is so simple: one or two medjool dates stuffed with almond butter and flaked coconut. It takes just a second to prepare, and is sweet, satisfying, and actually fills me up, without the refined sugars and flours found in baked goods. Not to mention, dates, almonds, and coconut are full of health benefits.
I'll still have a cookie now and then, because hello...snickerdoodles exist. But, with quick, healthy, sweet treats like these dates, I'll be less likely to go back to the cookie jar for seconds, thirds, or tenths.
1-2 medjool dates
1/2 tablespoon of almond butter per date
1 teaspoon of flaked unsweetened coconut per date
Slice dates open lenghtwise and remove pit. Fill with almond butter then top with coconut.
Post, recipe and image by Amber Kercmar of Loves Food Loves To Eat