Pick your battles and bake protein pumpkin chip donuts

It’s remarkable how close we are to Christmas! Last weekend, I helped my mom decorate and put up the Weihl family tree and I finally made a wreath for my apartment to add some holiday charm.
Decorations are just one of the ways you can get into the holiday spirit. Maybe you like Christmas tunes? Watching Christmas movies? Donating or volunteering at a local charitable organization?
This time of year is filled with much joy. However, it can also be filled with stress, expectations, overwhelm and heartache. Does your family get tense during before year end? Mine does. It seems like a constant rush to get things done (personally and for business). I might think I know exactly what I need to finish before the year is complete or what my goals are for the new year. Then, like a flip of a switch, plans change. Worries arise and challenge situations surface.
What do you do?

Find balance. You don’t have to meet or exceed others expectations. I’m learning quickly that to find peace in a hectic world, one of the best ways is to not let the opinions of others cause stress. A quote I heard on a recent podcast said this:
“Others opinions of you are none of your damn business.”
Hallelujah, someone put this out there! Think about it… are the actions you take, the commitments you make, the goals you set and the future you are building up for scrutiny?
Especially with social media around, everyone wants to be in everyone’s business.
Why does it matter to you what others believe or think? If you get wrapped up in their thoughts about what you are doing, how does that affect your progress? You need to choose your battles. Do you want to fight against others opinions? Or fight to improve yourself and what you want?
Life balance is needed. If you are pursuing something outside the norm, doing things differently, thinking differently, creating yourself, people will surely want to discuss it. But to stay focused, you can’t let that get in the way.
You can just focus on the beautiful donuts you can make further down the page.
Think about celebrities. Most don’t and won’t watch news. Why? Gossip, breaking news and inaccurate reports flood the media. How distracting would that be for them to hear and be concerned with everything newscasters share? We would never have new movies out!
Just as we need balance in hectic times, diet balance, especially over the holidays is crucial. Yesterday, I stopped in a Dunkin Donuts for some coffee. I wanted a donut too. I resisted and picked my battle. It’s hard when they bring out this new candy cane crunch donut that looks so yummy. But how would that have made me feel? In the moment of eating, great! The sugar rush would increase my insulin and endorphins would be there… for a limited time. I would thereafter feel a crash.
Instead, I treated myself when I got home to a homemade donut that tasted good and was nutritionally better for me. It was more satisfying than the regular donut would have been.
***This is not to say I don’t enjoy regular, sugar-filled, carb-loaded donuts every once in a while. However, this balance element is key.***
How can you choose your battles for yourself versus others? Think a protein-filled pumpkin chip donut would help?
Check out my recipe and let me know what you think.
Recipe macros tracked on My Macros + and recipe can be found in my profile: SweetCarolineW.
Keep fighting the fight and enjoy a donut.

Pumpkin Chip Donuts
Recipe yields 17
Macros per donut: 200 calories – 6g protein – 26g carbs – 8g fat – 15g sugar
1 1/2 Cup Whole wheat flour
2 scoops whey protein
1/2 Cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 Cup honey
1 1/2 Cup pumpkin
1/2 Cup coconut oil (liquid form)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease donut baking tin with nonstick, zero calorie cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In separate medium bowl, combine room temperature eggs with honey, pumpkin, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet mix to dry mix and use hand mixer to blend until smooth consistency.
  5. Spoon in chocolate chips or addition of choice, maybe nuts or dried berries.
  6. Add batter to tin. I pour mine into a ziplock bag, close the bag and then cut out one of the corners to squeeze the batter right into the tin.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes. They will not be brown when done but can use toothpick to ensure comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack before storing. Can keep for one week or freeze the extras!
  9. Enjoy 🙂

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