Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will Run for Chocolate

It's not good to bribe people.  Kids, husbands, public's usually not recommended.
As personal trainers, Kyle & I do not encourage clients to reward themselves with food for fitness success.  
A better plan is to write out your fitness goals and rewards yourselves with something to keep you on the right track instead of a cheat meal.  Think, "If I lose 5 pounds this month, then I'm going to buy a new Lululemon workout tank!"

Buuuutttttt....I've been feeling sick this week.  Stuffed up and congested since my trip back from California.  I laid down in bed to take a nap and thought, "I should run."
As I was thinking this, I was looking at some blogs I love on my iPAD and Chocolate Covered Katie popped up.  Her chocolate chip cookie dough was staring at me.  I like cookie dough.  I do.
So I made a little deal: Girl who runs 8 miles gets a guilt-free pass to enjoy healthy chocolate chip cookie dough.
It was a good deal!
My run was a great 8 mile run at a consistent 9:37 pace.
After my failure at the Clearwater Half Marathon, I re-evaluated my training.
Two things were wrong: 
1. I was too obsessed with time. 
2. I had given up the run-walk-run strategy that brought me this far.
I alternated 4 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking from the start of my run.  I finished feeling strong and accomplished...even with a cold!
A hand-clap for me and now the chocolate.

As I said this recipe comes from the very popular Chocolate Covered Katie.
I made one change to her recipe and I used applesauce in place of nut butter.
 The recipe is made healthy by the addition of fiber and protein from Garbanzo beans as well as the omission of butter and flour.
My special helper.
I've listed her recipe on the bottom of this post, but please click her original post. Her pics are much prettier! :)
I enjoyed my cookie dough with pretzels and carmel rice cakes.  Happy, congested girl!
8 miles + beans + chocolate...even the dogs cats are jealous!
How do you reward yourself for a good workout/run?

Love and compromise,
Carissa & Kyle

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained) (250g)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
  • tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (You can get away with using only 3 T. If you use peanut butter, it’ll have a very-slight “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this, you can sub oil.) I used 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice (Start with 1 T, and add more as needed)
  • Sweetener (see note below, for amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chipss
  • 2 to 3 T oats (or flaxmeal) (You can omit, but also omit the milk if you do)
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a food processor, and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.


  1. I allow myself to have the extra calories, as I should do anyway, after a long run or hard workout. I don't usually blow it out with a really bad dessert though. I have quoted the dog thing, too. So true when it's put that way! Good job on the run!

  2. I reward myself with having Brian give me a back message haha... it works for me. But I usually say.. If I hit my goal number of workouts I can go out to eat on Saturday... Cheat dinner is better spent outside of your own kitchen

  3. I reward myself with time to do things I enjoy, like relaxing, reading, watching TV, or hot tubbing. :-) And sometimes I eat an extra cookie, but I like your advice about not being like a dog! Haha!

  4. I'm guilty of bribing myself with food. Or beer.

  5. oh man, I would do anything for chocolate, haha

    love cookie dough dip ;)

  6. Lulu is a great reward ;-)

    I know a lot of people knock the run/walk strategy, but I swear by it. I improved my half marathon time by 18 minutes!

  7. I try not to reward myself with food (its really hard sometimes), but I often reward myself with more running clothes. If I follow a training plan successfully or do well in a race, I'll reward myself with new shorts, or a new top, or both!

  8. Yesss Victoria! I'm glad I have a run-walk-run friend out there! It helps me go faster too and recover better!

  9. I don't usually "reward" myself unless it's after my once a week long run for training. And then I may allow a few extra calories. But, wow, I need to try this out. Looks so yummy!


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