4 ingredient cookies

I developed these cookies at the last moment before a party we hosted this past weekend. They were such a huge hit that I decided to share the recipe with you.

If you like to make party favors or treats for friends and neighbors, this wholesome, simple option will keep everyone healthy and smiling through the intensity of the holidays.

Remember to keep mindfulness and exercise alive during the this time. This practice could be as simple as taking a deep breath in and out before each meal and going for a walk once a day.

The more you can maintain routines in the midst of chaotic times, the healthier and happier you will be on the other side.

Be well and stay in touch!

Lisa


WHOLESOME 4 INGREDIENT COOKIES

You will need equal parts of:

  • Any nut or seed (I like roasted almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds)

  • Dates, pitted

  • Shredded coconut

  • Unsweetened applesauce

GET CREATIVE: add cinnamon; use dried apricots instead of dates.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Oil a cookie sheet with sunflower or coconut oil.

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender.

Blend until a thick dough results.

Coat the palms of your hands with a bit of oil to prevent sticking.

Roll small balls of dough between your palms and place them on the cookie sheet.

Once all the dough is rolled, wash your hands.

Using the back of a fork, flatten each cookie.

Bake for 15 minutes.

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Exercise For Well-Being

Exercise as is as good for your mind as it is for your body. When we exercise, we take the mind off of worries and concerns and gain a feeling of satisfaction.

Physiologically, exercise releases a whole cascade of mood-elevating processes in the brain. As soon as we increase our heart rate, endorphins—stress hormones that calm the brain and relieve stress—are released. Over time, exercise actually stimulates the birth of new brain cells and promotes their linkage to existing brain cell networks. By stimulating that new growth, exercise helps counteract the corrosive effect of stress and helps the brain to continually re-wire itself and adapt to changing life circumstances.

There are hundreds of ways to exercise. Find what you enjoy and make it a consistent part of your life. Whatever exercise you choose, whether it’s walking, jogging, cycling, or something else, enjoy it. Don’t force yourself to stick with an activity that seems like drudgery. Move on until you find something you love.


If you have chores to do around the house or homestead, consider this your exercise. Feel your heart pounding as you run up and down the stairs or carry wood inside. Know that you are healing yourself and fueling your metabolism with every step.

When we eat after exercise, food tastes more savory and we digest better because we are less stressed.