I am going to cut right to the chase. Last week I got ambitious, some would say overly ambitious. I wanted to create a Healthy Living How To Christmas Sweets and Treats e-book. My reason was obvious, as an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of celebrating healthy holidays, I wanted to help you with your low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free holiday baking. I intended to transform 25 holiday recipes, taking out the unhealthy ingredients, i.e. sugar and flour, and turn them into healthy indulgences. I had cleared my calendar for 5 days with the goal of baking 5 recipes each day with the weekend to bring it all together. While that may seem ambitious, it was totally doable in my mind. Only I didn't account for what was about to happen…
I did a little pre-planning and research, picked out my recipes, gathered my ingredients and when Monday morning rolled around I got to baking. I started with my dad's favorite, healthy Spritz Cookies. I baked the day away and by the end of it, I had 5 recipes complete. Something started to happen as the day wore on though, CRAVINGS! Yes, something I have abolished living a low-carb lifestyle had reared its head…..I was having CRAVINGS. Only, it wasn't cravings for sweet it was cravings for SAVORY.
I find this quite interesting as there are lots of anecdotal reports from people saying just the taste of sweet, whether it's from sugar or stevia, leads to cravings for more sweet. I experienced the exact opposite. After an entire day of cookie tasting, 550 calories, 23 g of carbs, 43 g of fat, 25 g of protein and 12 g of fiber worth of cookies, complemented with a couple of meals of (lower fat) protein and veggie greens (to account for the cookies), I just wanted a plate of bacon and eggs.
I went to bed strategizing how I would do day 2 different. Dare I say, after day 1 I was starting to tire of the taste of sweet. This coming from a former sugar addict who would pick out the largest piece of cake with the most amount of frosting and then if you weren't going to eat yours, I would eat it too.
The next morning rolled around and I started the day with my usual cup of bulletproof coffee (my version: 10 oz. dark roast French press coffee + 2 tsp. ghee + 1 tsp. coconut oil + 10 drops vanilla stevia), bellied up to my treadmill desk to walk and work. After I finished transcribing the previous days recipes into a Word document, I headed back into the kitchen to crank out a few more recipes. I whipped up two recipes, got myself showered and out the door. It was Tuesday, one of the days I hit the gym to lift weights (yes I am one of “those” who showers and puts on make-up before going to the gym).
After my workout, I loathed the idea of cookies (even healthy cookies) as post-workout fuel. I took a detour through the Life Cafe and treated myself to a Mediterranean salad; mixed greens, turkey, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado (at my request) and balsamic dressing. It tasted heavenly. I savored every morsel and headed home. I completed a few more recipes during the afternoon hours and then sent my husband a short and sweet e-mail…“I am pulling the plug on the cookbook project. I seriously don't want to taste another cookie. Blech!!” Always knowing the right thing to say, his response was…“I think that’s a good idea. You’d be better off taking your time next year than rushing it.”
And that my friends is the end of the story. If you were excited for the e-book, my apologies. I waved the white flag at 8 recipes, falling several recipes short of my goal. And, I have not ventured into any more cookie making since that day. In fact, I don't even want to look at another cookie, healthy or otherwise. I will however, over the next week or so, share the recipes I have perfected. And, if you need help “healthifying” your own family favorites, you can shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment and I will gladly help.