Since making the decision to be healthier, and to get my body back, I've made a bunch of sacrifices in the food department! I figure, you only get out of something what you put in. If you put in semi-effort, you're going to get semi-results. So in order to get to where I want to be, I'm going to have to quite literally work my butt off! A big part of changing your lifestyle is watching what you let into your body.
I don't think there is too much harm in having the occasional 'unhealthy' chocolate treat! However if you have poor self control like me, one little chocolate treat turns into a whole packet very quick. And then you fall back into old habits, and there IS harm in that. So I figure, why risk it? I'm so sick of falling into that spiral. That's why I've made the decision to pretty much completely cut out store bought sweets and treats. We don't buy it, and therefore don't eat it! Genius. Having said this, the 'pretty much' that I mentioned before are for times like Birthdays, Weddings or Christmas Day, where I think it's totally okay to practice some self control and enjoy yourself. As long as you don't go overboard, and you do remember to stick to small portions! After you've been healthy for a while, you'll find that eating a handful of unhealthy treats will actually make you feel sick! So be prepared for that. It just goes to show you how bad they really are for you, and how much your body does NOT want them.
I'm still learning, that's for sure, but I'm really excited about where I'm heading. I'm loving the workouts I'm doing, and I'm loving finding and coming up with healthy/raw recipes! Especially the ones that keep those chocolate cravings as bay.
After looking up lots of different recipes for raw chocolate truffle balls, I decided to make up my own version. Luckily they turned out delicious!! Thank goodness I took photos, because they didn't last long at all!
Okay, okay, I'll stop blabbering on. Let's get to the recipe!!
You'll need a high speed blender or food processor to make the chocolate mixture. I used my Optimum Blender.
375g of Pitted Dates (Roughly. Doesn't have to be exact)
1/2 cup of Raw Cacao
1/3 cup of Raw Cashews
1/3 cup of Almonds
1/3 cup of Goji Berries
1/4 cup of Water
Serves: Roughly 25 balls. (Hard to tell as I was eating it as I went! Awk.)
Pop the Dates into your blender (or processor), and blend to form a paste. You will probably need to stop a few times and scrape the mixture down from the sides.
Once relatively smooth, add the Avocado, Raw Cacao, Cashews, Almonds and Water. Blend together to form a lovely chocolatey mixture. Tip the mixture out into a bowl. Then mix your Goji Berries through with a spoon.
So quick and easy, and it already tastes delicious! Go ahead and taste test it to make sure it's how you want it. If you think it needs anything extra, feel free to add it!
Put your various toppings into bowls. Just put a little of each into the bowls, and add more when you need it. Otherwise you may waste it if it's not used up, as you'll end up with little chocolate bits all through it!
Now the fun part! Using the palms of your (washed) hands, roll the mixture up into balls and roll them in your toppings.
NOTE: I found the mixture quite sticky, so I used some clear latex kitchen gloves to help, but it's up to you.
And that's it! Super delicious AND healthy chocolate truffles! No guilt.