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The Cookie Tasting Guinea Pig.

by caroline

Cookies are good. ‘Nuff said, right?

I love baking them, eating them and licking every last bit of crumbs off of my fingers. And sometimes I eat the dough — especially, if it’s vegan. And, sometimes, even when it’s not. Sue me.

Yesterday, I discovered these cookies at Trader Joe’s and being ever the guinea pig for testing new products — “I guess I’ll try them … If I have to …” — I decided to give these babies a whirl.

After eating breakfast for dinner, — yeah, we do that sometimes — I cracked into the cookies and served ’em up with a little bit of a dunking milk.

Can you say crispy cookie deliciousness?! These cookies remind me so much of the ones from Tate’s Bake Shop that were introduced to me when I was living in New York City. The weird part? When I was scoping out Tate’s Website for this post, I found out that the bakeshop now makes a gluten-free version of their famous cookie and the ingredients are exactly the same as the ones I snagged at Trader Joe’s. Hmmm …

I’ve heard people theorize all the time about where Trader Joe’s private label products come from (I’m 99.9999% positive their  Loaded Fruit & Nut Gluten-Free Granola cereal is made by the same peeps who make Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Granola) and I’m thinking this just might be another one of those instances. Either way, I’ll take the price difference: The bag of 14 gluten-free cookies from Trader Joe’s was $3.99 and a bag of 12 gluten-free cookies from Tate’s is upwards of $6.00. Score!

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Before tackling last night’s cookies, I did this treadmill workout at the gym. I don’t typically workout in the evenings, but Dan has been getting back into the workout groove after his knee issues and I like to go to the gym with him, so he knows I support him 110%! One thing I always forget, but am quick to remember about running in the evening — I can’t eat too close to working out. Even though I finished my salad a good 2-1/2 to 3 hours before running, it still felt funny on my stomach while I was on the treadmill. Ick. I know I am supposed to eat before working out for energy and all that jazz, but it has just never jived well with my workouts.

How about you? Can you eat before exercising? If so, what’s your go-to pre-workout nosh?