Variety & a Recipe: Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

My strategy for keeping on the Lindora weight loss menu plan is variety. I need to change things up and not get too locked into the same foods, day in and day out.

One of the unexpected perks with the menu is… I really, really like this food! Left to my own devices, I’ll choose a bag of chips over a salad with cucumber and celery. I’ll choose a Twix candy bar over an orange. But when my choices are limited to certain foods, veggies and fruits become more delicious.

It’s like discovering an old friend. Hey, I know you, cucumber. Long time no see, nectarine! You’re new—your name is jicama? How do you say that again? Hickama? Well aren’t you tasty? And crunchy, too!

In my quest for variety, I discovered this nifty little recipe in my old Lindora Recipe Collection Book (published in 1998). Check it out:

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies

Vanilla Almond Dream Cookies
Source: Lindora Recipe Collection Book
2 servings
Total carbs:
6.25

  • 1 pkt Lean for Life Creamy Vanilla Shake mix (11)
  • 3 egg whites (1.5)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (I used 1/2 tsp orange extract instead)
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top after baking (my addition to the recipe) : )
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Beat egg whites with electric mixer until very stiff, like meringue (this will take a few minutes). Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the extracts and the vanilla drink powder mix. Do not over mix! Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray to make 8 cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. If desired, tops may be browned under broiler for 15 seconds. Store remainder in refrigerator.

Notes
The last step—browning the tops under the broiler—I’m going to leave them in 30 seconds next time. They barely got brown on top.

I wish the recipe told us how these are supposed to turn out so I could know if I did it right. I was expecting the cookies to turn out crunchy. They were soft, and had the consistency of quiche. I sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on top and they were excellent. The only bad thing: it felt as if I hadn’t eaten anything. They were so light, fluffy and insubstantial, I was hungry almost immediately. But if I’m craving a certain taste, I’ll definitely make these again.

The Lindora Recipe Collection Book calls this 4 servings, which doesn’t make sense. You’d only be eating 1/4 of the vanilla drink and less than 1/2 of the egg white portion (2 egg whites is considered 1 protein serving). So I ate 4 of the 8 “cookies.”

Days 1-3: Getting into the Lindora Zone

This past weekend, to get into the Lindora zone, I pored through Lindora’s recipes on their website, my old Lindora Recipe Collection book I received in 2002, and the approved food choices in the Lean for Life book. I made a grocery list and got everything I needed at Costco and Stater Bros.

As I tackle my weight loss goals, I want to achieve variety in my food choices. Variety is the spice of life, so they say. In the past, my marathon weight loss attempts have failed in part because I would get lazy. I’d pick the same foods over and over again and get completely sick of them.

Following are my first three days of food choices. The goal with Lindora is to stay under 100 carbs a day. I didn’t add up my carbs until the middle of Day 3. Wow – I had no idea I was going so far over 100 carbs each day.

Day 1: Monday, July 25, 2011
Exercise: None 

  • 8am  Coffee (0) with Coffee-mate Vanilla creamer (5), 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c milk (12), 2 MulitVites Gummy Vitamins for Adults (3), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (5)
  • 10:30am Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar (17) (Extremely yummy, but not an approved Lindora product. I have a box of these that I want to use up before “officially” starting on the Lindora program on August 4.)
  • 1pm  3.5 oz shrimp (0), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c carrots (8), 1 Tbsp fat free Italian dressing (3), 1 apple (17)
  • 3:30pm Zone Perfect protein bar (14)
  • 4:30pm  2 egg whites (1)
  • 7pm  2.5 oz. chicken (0), 1 tsp olive oil (0), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), carrots, celery, cucumber (a tiny bit of each; approx 6 carbs), peach (10)
  • Total carbs: 119
    (Yikes. I thought I was doing really well my first day! I didn’t add the carbs up as I went; otherwise, I could have made adjustments toward the end of the day. I definitely should not have 2 protein bars in one day.  Lesson learned!)

Day 2: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Exercise: 30 minute walk with my Beagle 

  • 9:30am Coffee (0) with 2 Coffee-mate Vanilla creamers (6), 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c milk (12)
  • Apple Celery Salad1pm  Apple Celery Salad – Very yummy. Includes 1 apple (17), 1/2 c Dannon nonfat vanilla yogurt (9), 1/2 c celery (3) and a dash of cinnamon (0); 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/4 c cucumber (1), Crystal Light sugar free orange drink (0)
  • 2:45pm Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar (17)
  • Deviled Eggs a la Lindora4:30pm Deviled Eggs a la Lindora (1), Coffee (0) with 2 Coffee-mate Vanilla creamers (6), 2 MulitVites Gummy Vitamins for Adults (3)
  • 7pm  3 oz Top Sirloin Steak (0), 1/4 c cottage cheese (2), 1/2 c mandarin oranges (14),  2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/4 c carrots (4)
  • 10pm Lindora Chocolate Pudding (7)
  • Total carbs: 120
    I went way over 100 again. I’m figuring this is a good way to ease in to this new food thing! Prep days before my 3 protein days next week!

Day 3: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Exercise: None 

  • 8am  Coffee (0) with 1 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate Vanilla creamer (3), 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c milk (12), 1 tsp Sugar Free Metamucil (5)
  • 10:30am  Lindora BBQ Soy Puffs (8), 2 MulitVites Gummy Vitamins for Adults (3)
  • 1pm  2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/4 c carrots (4), 1/4 c cucumber (1), 1/2 c. sugar free cherry Jello (0), 1/2 c Dannon nonfat vanilla yogurt (9), 1 c strawberries (11) – Very nice. I mixed the yogurt and strawberries together
  • 3pm Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar (17)
  • 4:30pm Deviled Eggs a la Lindora (1)
  • 6:30pm Crab Salad: 2.5 oz imitation crab (1), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c. celery (3), 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (1), orange (14)
  • 9pm Lindora Hot Cocoa (6) – so satisfying, especially as hunger pangs are making their presence known this time of night…
  • Total carbs: 117