Menu Planning and Healthy Almond Crescents (GF/low sugar)

Almost 2014, can you believe it?! After a week (okay more) of eating cookies, drinking wine and snacking on junk all day I need to get back to my eating plan. I am happy to be joining Laura’s January reset just in time to start training for Boston Marathon. I decided this time around I will improve on my diet even more, eliminate the foods I know negatively impact my training: dairy, sugars, processed junk and increase those that help me: veggies, fruit, protein, whole foods. Who else is ready to get back to healthy eating after the holidays?

So what’s for dinners this week…
Sunday: Veggie pizza with GF crust
Monday: Pre run protein shake
Tuesday: New Year’s take out: Thai probably
Wednesday: Chipotle butternut squash  
Thursday: Crock pot chickpea wild rice soup
Friday: Spaghetti squash with marinara and veg “meat”balls
Saturday: Chili

What is on your menu this week?

Now with this being week 1 of Boston training and final week of Dopey training my plan looks a little crazy!!
Sunday: 10-12 mile run (on treadmill since it is -20 outside)
Monday: Strength and 4 mile tempo run
Tuesday: Yoga/Core
Wednesday:  14 mile race and strength
Thursday: 1 hour bike and core
Friday: 5 x ½ mile repeats
Saturday: 6-8 miles easy run and strength

And now for my final cookie recipe, but I am happy to say I made them healthier than we used to. This is a childhood recipe and I was able to make GF and lower fat and sugar without effecting the taste!! I'm even happier that I stopped eating cookies and froze some for later! 
Photo: We did it! Healthy gluten free almond crescents

Almond Crescents
1/4 cup applesauce
¼ cup butter (or vegan spread, coconut oil might work too)                                                            
1/4 cup organic sugar                                                                                                                
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour (can use WW or GF- I used 1 cup oat and ¼ cup almond)
1/2 cup ground almonds

Cream butter, applesauce and sugar, add extracts. Mix in flour and almonds. Take 1 Tbl. dough and shape into log and bend into crescent shape. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 min at 350


  1. It's nice to indulge a little here and there and then get back on track to healthy eating. Your cookies look great!

  2. I'm so over indulging! But those cookies look awesome. Pinning for future cookie cravings!

  3. Aww, love your little helper rolling out the dough! Chickpea wild rice soup sounds delicious! Yes, I'm very ready for the detox too.

  4. I'm TOTALLY ready to get back to healthy eating!! And I don't know how you're going to do 10-12 miles on the treadmill! I'm trying to force myself on mine for just one mile! Good luck :)

  5. Your menu sounds so yummy for this week!

  6. We are doing take-out for New Years Eve as well - I think I've talked hubby into sushi! Probably some chicken teriyaki for the kiddo, although if I know him, he'll be stealing all our sushi in just a few years.


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