Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring detox and cheater chocolate

Day 6. The plan allows for lots of variety so if I'm honest, it's not too hard. It's been extremely rewarding and I wanted to share my experiences to this point to keep myself on track and to hopefully inspire you too! If you missed the beginning, here is Part I.

What's been going well?
What's been a challenge?
  • Sweet cravings in the morning, afternoon and evening (haha)
  • Not being prepared with a ready meal or snack
  • Eating different meals than Craig
What have I been eating?

Breakfast is usually steel cut oats with almond milk, cinnamon, hemp hearts, pepitas and applesauce. Or a smoothie of greens, frozen berries, mixed seeds, protein powder, spirulina (superfood for detoxifying).

Lunch has been a tin of tuna or salmon with olive oil and lemon juice and raw veggies. Or homemade turkey soup.

Dinner is veggies and fish lightly fried in coconut oil with brown rice or last night was roasted chicken with salad.

Snacks include cashews, raw veggies, apples, pears, organic popcorn with butter, celery sticks with almond butter, cheater chocolate (see recipe below).

Drinks: Green tea, herbal chai with stevia and almond milk, perrier water with lime.

Ha ha! I found 2 chocolate ideas from Dr. Mercola: "A healthy chocolate snack" and 'healthy chocolate candy'. I sort of combined the two and used what I had on hand to come up with this macaroon type chocolate, aka cheater chocolate. I gave one to Craig last night and he willingly ate another, so it must be alright. They won't be the the most amazing chocolate treat you've had in your lifetime, but they will possibly be the healthiest.

Cheater chocolate for detox
Use organic and raw wherever possible

Yield: 10-13 bites

Ingredients
30 grams butter
30 grams coconut oil
30 grams cocoa butter

If you prefer one fat more than another, you can certainly change up this mix.

2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Liquid stevia to taste
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
  1. Mix the fats together in a double boiler (I used a metal bowl on a small saucepan). It won't take long to melt. Don't over heat. I remove from heat before fully melted and just stir it until it melts. 
  2. Stir in cocoa powder, cinnamon if using and stevia.
  3. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to firm the mixture. Don't leave it in too long or will get hard. You want to be able to stir it.
  4. Add coconut, mix.
  5. Drop by teaspoon on a silpat or piece of parchment paper. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. Store them in a container in the fridge or freezer.  

They are tasty and full of good fats. So much so, that I can only eat one or two at a time. If you are trying to cut down or eliminate sugar give them a try.

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