2 Easy and Healthy Holiday Treat Recipes for Athletes

There's nothing wrong with having a treat every now and then. You just need to pay attention to how many you eat and what ingredients you put in your body.

Not all sweets are created equal. Artificial coloring dyes, GMOs, preservatives, bleached flour, refined sugar, and many other ingredients that aren't safe for your health are in a great deal of candies and desserts that you face each holiday season.

To enjoy the holidays and still indulge in something sweet, instead of purchasing an item at the store, try making one of the following dishes. You'll wow your guests and not have to worry too much about what you're putting in your body.

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Hemp Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup hemp butter*
  • 1 1/4 cups organic sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream together hemp butter and coconut sugar. Beat in eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine both mixtures together and stir well. Roll batter into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork. Bake for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Be careful to not over bake. Allow to cool on the baking sheet and then transfer to a baking rack. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

*To make the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Butter combine 1 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and 2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Oil in a food processor until creamy. Takes about 2 to 3 minutes.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (naturally gluten free)

  • 1/3 cup organic shortening
  • 1 pastured egg
  • 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw, unpasteurized honey
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 5 tbsp organic coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor or mixer, blend shortening, coconut oil and egg. Mix in coconut sugar, honey, vanilla and cream together.

Add coconut flour, almond flour, salt and mix into wet ingredients. Mix together till it forms a soft dough. Let it sit for five minutes to firm. Dough will be soft; if it's too wet, add an additional tablespoon of almond flour and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

Spoon out dough and press together to make 2-inch cookies and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly brown. Let cool on rack for a few minutes.

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About the Author

Sarah Stanley

Sarah Stanley is a wellness educator, ultramarathoner, endurance athlete, speaker, business consultant, and founder of #wellnesschat. Passionate about authentic healthy living, Sarah lives what she speaks about, practicing an organic, whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that fuels her ultrarunning adventures. Her goal is to empower others to be knowledgeable about what they put in and on their body so they can live a healthy, disease-free and happy life. She's been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Ladies' Home Journal and Washingtonian. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SarahStanley.

Sarah Stanley is a wellness educator, ultramarathoner, endurance athlete, speaker, business consultant, and founder of #wellnesschat. Passionate about authentic healthy living, Sarah lives what she speaks about, practicing an organic, whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that fuels her ultrarunning adventures. Her goal is to empower others to be knowledgeable about what they put in and on their body so they can live a healthy, disease-free and happy life. She's been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Ladies' Home Journal and Washingtonian. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SarahStanley.

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