Holiday Healthified: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

IMG_20171213_203016_638.jpgThe holidays are a fun time of gathering. Everyone is seeing each other for the first time in years, relaxing and having fun.


While snacking on one of those delicious cookies made by grandma isnt wrong at all, it is important to make sure you dont completely derail.

If you still want to indulge, but wish there was a healthier option, look no further.

This cookie recipe comes from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I tweaked it, swapping out certain ingredients for healthier ones.

For instance, there is no added sugars. The only added sugars come from the Kodiak dark chocolate protein pancake and waffle mix. So what was used  to sweeten it?

Easy, honey and molasses.

Honey is a natural, and one of the least processed sweeteners around. Any processing done is by the bees. It also contains several  health benefits, including but not limited to:

-countering pollen allergies

-easing coughing

-rich in antioxidants

-natural antibiotic

Molasses  is actually a by-product of processing. But it is still nutritional, and better for you than granulated sugar. Molasses is rich in a few nutrients:




Now that you understand the benefits of swapping out the sweeteners, lets talk about the Kodiak protein pancake mix. This mix is essentially a protein powder that has been specially made for baking. It comes in several varieties, including gluten free( which I would suggest for those with digestive issues, that still want to add a little protein) Because this powder is not necessarily a traditional flour, you may need less of it. Protein powder tends to absorb water more when baking, so be careful to not add too much more, or you will get a dry cookie.

Protein Cookies Recipe

*makes 36 cookies*


3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup molasses

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups kodiak Protein Packed Dark Chocolate Flapjack and Waffle Mix

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup raisins


  1. preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. soften butter
  3. add in honey and molasses, stir until well mixed.
  4. add eggs, vanilla, and baking powder, mix well.
  5. add in remaining ingredients, mix thuroughly. If mixture is soupy, add in small amounts of kodiak mix, and / or oats. When mixed to correct consistency you will be able to spoon out balls of slightly sticky dough.
  6. spoon balls of dough onto sheets, about 2 ” apart. Place in oven for 11 minutes, or until undersides are slightly brown.
  7. Cookies may still be slighlty gooey when coming out of the oven. Place in oven for a few more minutes if desired, just be sure to not burn them.
  8. Enjoy your healthified cookies!


Nutrition Facts

*per cookie*


Core Life Eatery


Location: various locations


fair, $between 5-12

Health rating


10*(local ingredients, lots of options, grass fed beef, fountain drinks-tropical green tea, reach in options healthy)



7Great atmosphere, modern, colorful, clean



7. Great variety. Plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Set up like the actual healthy version of a subway



8.5 the food is amazing. Fresh, full of flavor and textures that just mix well


6 Core Life does have multiple locations in the country, however they are few in number( currently 18), and most located in Pennsylvania and New York state. That being said, they are looking to add many more locations in these states, and branch into more southern states.


Overall Score: 7.7 2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png2000px-Chrisdesign_Photorealistic_Green_Apple.svg.png


Eating healthy can be a task to some. Eating out can be even far more daunting of a task. In the world of health food restaurants, the catch is how to reel in customers with their catchy flavors, and keep them coming.

Core Life provides plenty of flavors and variety. These include options of greens or grain bowls, broth bowls, and various handcrafted beverages. This restaurant gives the consumer a unique element of customization when it comes to there meal, with about the same cost as going to a Five Guys, or other fast food restaurant. Perfect for people looking for healthy animal proteins, as well as vegans/ vegetarians. Pictured is a greens bowl, with root veggies, tofu, spinach, and sriracha. this is just an example of what one could get out of the many options provided.


For more information, visit Core Life Eatery’s website

Peanut Butter Truffles


3 tbs peanut butter

1 tbs maple syrup

1.5 tbs egg whites

1.5 tbs coconut oil

3 tbs cocoa powder

2tsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract



  1. Mix the first three ingredients together into a tea cup or mug.
  2. microwave for 1 minute.
  3. cool in freezer
  4. pull apart cake and squish into round shapes
  5. melt coconut oil and mix with 2tsp maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  6. Cover truffles with the coconut oil mixture and freeze until hardened.
  7. Serve truffles21078791_1725372917504385_1790976602736995805_n

Purple People Eater Smoothie


This recipe is incredibly simple, vegan friendly, and delicious!

Delve into this purpley goodness smoothie with healthful nutritious berries!


1c. ice

4 whole strawberries

.5c frozen blueberries

1c. almond milk

.5c. cinnamon apple sauce


  1. Place all ingredients into blender.
  2. blend until desired thickness

Spinach Stir Fry

Recipe Submitted by: Arielle Bennet

This recipe is chocked full of flavor and nutrition! Also allows for one to get adventurous and add their own personal twist!


1 bell mushrooms

wild mushroom and sage olive oil

bundle of spinach(roughly 4 cups if using bagged spinach)

1/2 orange pepper, julliened

1/2 yellow pepper, julliened

             (if you do not have either, try using red and green bell peppers)

2 celery sticks, chopped

handful matchstick carrots

4 cherry tomatoes, sliced

Parmesan/Romano Cheese


1.coat pan with mushroom and sage olive oil7308

2. Add spinach, and cook it down

3. add celery sticks, matchstick carrots, cherry tomatoes, baby bell mushrooms, yellow and orange pepper, cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.7306(1)

4. add romano cheese, and serve

Add your own twist!

For protein, Modern Food Exporer added Macademia nuts. It created to perfect crunch for this stirfry!






Cattus Island County Park

Health goes beyond just food. Same with exploration. For complete health, one must step back into nature. This vlog series is hosted by Modern Food Explorer’s newest member: Alyssa. It follows different outdoor adventures in hopes it will inspire you to find a place to vibe in.


This week is Cattus Island County Park. The main focus is on hiking with a dog, so enjoy the adventure!

Please click link to find video for: Cattus Island County Park

Parmesan Walnut Spaghetti Squash

Craving butter noodles, but don’t want the carbs? This recipe is perfect for you!

Combining the health benefits of organic butter, and squash, with the cleansing/detox powers of garlic, rosemary, walnuts and other spices, you’ll be doing your body some good while enjoying what you eat.


1.5tbs butter, melted

1.5tsp garlic powder

.5 tsp rosemary

1tsp basil

1tsp parsley

1tsp oregano

.5tsp  black pepper

1.5tsp creole blend

1 small spaghetti squash

Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Cut spaghetti squash in halve,take out seeds and stringy bits in the middle like you would for a pumpkin. Make sure you cut off the stem as well.

3. Place a tiny bit of water in a cookie sheet or casserole dish. Cook spaghetti squash cut side down for 30 minutes

5. Mix melted butter with all of the spices, adding in a small amount of parmesan.

6. Keep checking spaghetti squash. Take it out of the oven when a fork easily pokes through the rind.

7. Place sides cut side up. Scrap one halve with a fork from left side to right.

8. Place scraped squash into two bowls, covering one and placing in fridge.

9.Add butter mix and walnuts.

10. Top off with extra parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

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