When you are not happy with your eating habits – you’re eating too many processed carbs and sugars, skipping meals then overindulging, getting on track can seem overwhelming!
A simple step to take in the right direction is to start your day with the positive intention of adding in the good foods first. “You see, the more healthy foods you add to your existing diet, the less room you’ll have for junk, and the more sensitive your palette will become to ultimately appreciate a greater variety of healthy ingredients.
You’ll literally crowd out the unhealthy foods until you reach a balanced diet that is sustainable and makes you feel great – even if that still includes an occasional guilt-free indulgence!” (source IIN 2016)
Apply this by:
1. Focusing on what you CAN eat and not on what you CANNOT eat.
Eat your veggies and salad first.
Eat your protein and good fats
Have a small amount of complex carbs like brown rice or sweet potatoes
If after you have had a well-balanced meal, you still have a craving for something sweet let’s say, then have one small serving. Then, slowly shift to the healthier version of your favorite foods. For example, dark chocolate instead of commercial chocolates.
How can you add in the good first? For example, going to a workout class you love is a super addition to your physical wellbeing.
Remember it’s not all or nothing! It’s the positive additions, the baby steps that yield the big results.
As your health coach, we work hand-in-hand to integrate healthier food and lifestyle habits into your day to day at your own pace.
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Prep time: 20 Minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes
Yield: 24 mini cups
A rich and wholesome dairy-free treat to enjoy when you need a guilt-free yet indulgent snack. These melt-in-your-mouth chocolates use raw cacao powder, which is high in magnesium, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re sure to leave you with a feeling of bliss.
For the bottom layer:
- 1 ½ cups organic almond butter
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
For the top layer:
- ¾ cup cacao powder
- ½ cup cacao butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp raw honey (depending on preferred sweetness)
- 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
Make It Like So:
- Line mini muffin pan with mini baking cups.
- Over medium-low heat, combine the nut butter and coconut oil. Stir until melted. Remove mixture from heat.
- Spoon the mixture into the bottom of the cups – fill each ¾ full.
- Let harden in the freezer while preparing the top chocolate layer.
- Combine all ingredients for the top layer. Stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
- Taste and adjust for preferred sweetness.
- Remove tray from the freezer and spoon chocolate mixture on top of the bottom layer, filling each cup.
- Place the tray back in the freezer to harden the top layer, 20-30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Store in the fridge or freezer and see how long they last. Enjoy!
Bonus Tip: There are so many flavor combinations to try here. Have fun experimenting with different sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. For an extra boost of goodness, add maca or peppermint extract to the chocolate layer. Top with roasted almonds, shredded coconut or goji berries – the possibilities are endless!