Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS: up to 75 percent of women experience this constellation of unpleasant symptoms that rise during the second half of their cycle: cravings, bloating, fatigue and mood swings. Before ovulation, you just hear things through a neutral, rational mood filter. After ovulation, when estrogen and progesterone levels change abruptly, you are more likely to become irritable, sad or angry. (I myself like to alternate between “crying baby” and “angry bitch” moods to keep my boyfriend on his toes :)
If you feel moody and in need of a “I-deserve-it” chocolate treat, this low-sugar protein cookie may be an alternative to avoid indulging in a cookie at Starbucks. A blood sugar roller coaster is never a good thing for your already raw nerves anyway :) And you may not want to, but getting in your workout helps a lot! Resistance training allows me to see things more clearly without the irrational PMS-craziness.
Ingredients for one cookie:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (or chocolate flavor if you’re in need of intense chocolate therapy, something deep and decadent to ward off an existential crisis.)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 to 2 squares of dark chocolate
I used a vanilla protein powder which was a mix of whey and soy protein in this recipe. Some women say that they feel soy has a negative effect on them and their menstrual cycles. Others say it helps them. Both experiences makes sense, as soy has estrogenic properties. I’m aware of the whole “soy controversy” but I still use soy protein because it’s just way cheaper than whey :) I also tried this recipe with whey only and the cookie was slightly drier but still very good if you don’t over-bake it.
Mix avocado, protein powder and cocoa together in a food processor or using a hand blender. Chop dark chocolate and add to the mix.
Spread the cookie dough onto a non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 min at 180-200 degrees Celsius. Be careful not to overbake that cookie or it’s going to be too dry. Here is the cookie:
Inside the cookie
The nutrition facts for the cookie are: 457 kcal, 31 g of protein, 27.5 g of carbs, 7.5 g of sugar, 27.5 g of fat, 11.5 g of dietary fiber. If that’s too much for you, you can save 168 kcal, 7 g of sugar and 12 g of fat by omitting the chunks of dark chocolate. Comparatively, a double chocolate chunk cookie at Starbucks is about the same amount of calories but with 37 grams of sugar and only 3 grams of fiber.
Yes, it’s an ugly cookie that looks like a lava rock, but it’s a surefire cure for a serious chocolate craving!