Thursday, September 20, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Fix

I don't know about you guys, but I have a mean sweet tooth. Particularly, a mean chocolate sweet tooth. Almost as mean as this girl's total-chocolate Lara Croft ensemble. I'd eat it.

Since chocolate in the traditional sense is out during the Whole Life Challenge, it was important for me to find a substitution.

100% unsweetend cacao is WLC. It must be unsweetened. Get your hands on some of this, if you can. Since Stevia in the raw or liquid form is also approved (I love NuNaturals), there's a million and one ways to use cocoa and Stevia to create a delicious chocolate concoction! Here are a few of my favorites.

Heavenly Little Mug Cake
1 banana, 1 egg, 2 tbls cocoa powder. Blend in mixer. Put in cup, microwave 3 minutes, turn upside down and put blueberries and coconut shavings on top. 

Chocolate Fudge
1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, Stevia drops to taste. Blend together in little dish, sprinkle with toasted walnuts or raw coconut flakes, and place in fridge to chill.

Cocoa Roast Almonds
1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 cup almonds, sprinkle of sea salt, a few drops of liquid Stevia. Mix all together and bake at 350 for 15 minutes on lowest shelf in your oven.

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons
Substitute the honey for Stevia, check out the recipe here.

These Paleo Brownies are also raw and amazing.

This chocolate soft serve recipe is awesome! Instead of honey, use coconut milk, and about 10-15 drops liquid Stevia.

I think making a big batch of these and keeping them on hand, for those chocolate cravings, is your best bet.

Don't ruin your WLC for chocolate, just choose a healthier option! 

A few folks commented and emailed me that they aren't sure they're getting the most bang for their buck in regards to their workouts. I would love to sit each of you down and tailor a workout to your needs and what you'd like to see over the course of 8-weeks, but I don't see that happening. 

The only words of advice I have are lift heavy weights. Trust me, the weights you're lifting now are not heavy enough. Body weight movements are not heavy enough. If you truly want to build muscle, fire up your metabolism, and change your body, you need to get really uncomfortable under some really heavy weight. 

Back squats, front squats, overhead squats, pull ups, deadlifts, cleans, hang cleans, snatches, etc.

I know some of you don't want to hear that, but that's my 2 cents. :)

Yeah, you need to CrossFit. In a box. With a coach. Hey, you asked what my advice was. And you can shoot back every excuse, I've heard them all, "It's expensive" and "It's too far away," but at the end of the day, excuses are excuses. Do what's important to you. 

What is your fitness routine like now? 


  1. thank you for this! i do have a sweet tooth at night. for the past few nights i've just been slicing up an apple and drizzling melted nut butter over it. seems to help, but not entirely satisfying.

    my fitness routine is:
    mondays - run 3-4 miles, core
    tuesdays - heavy weight training and practice olympic lifts
    wednesdays - run 3-4 miles (usually intervals or hills), core
    thursdays - same as tuesday
    fridays - rest or crossfit/bootcamp/metabolic training
    saturdays - rest or long run
    sundays - long run or rest


  2. I am not doing the WLC with you, but I totally agree about the CrossFit. I just started graduate school and thought I could "sacrifice" CrossFit and make up my own with body weight and do more cardio. I'm missing CrossFit like crazy and keep telling people 'I just want to lift something heavy - something that weighs more than I do!' I'm doing my first Olympic Distance Triathlon this weekend, but come Monday I'm marching my (probably broken) patootie to the nearest CrossFit and joining. I'll find something else to sacrifice, but being happy with my fitness and my community will lead to more success in graduate school than trying to be as frugal as possible. As always love the blog!!

  3. I agree but what is a girl to do when the nearest box is 2-3 hours away?!! Frustrating really, I did email someone tonight to see if I can seek out a coach semi-close to me. Rural living sucks sometimes :) Thanks for the awesome recipes once again!

    1. You can always follow Mainsite! Check out Brand X for scaling options. You can find workout demos, tons of videos, etc. I was self-taught and didn't have a coach for a long time. Video tape your lifts. Watch. Learn.

  4. ooooo! See? You. are. awesome. I never thought of video taping my lifts.....although I watch every other person on the planet do them on You-Tube so why wouldn't I video myself.....?? Great idea. Thanks!!

  5. I fixed my sweet tooth craving tonight with a banana smoothie... tossed in a frozen banana, some almond butter, cocoa, and coconut milk! Definitely was filling and satisfying. :)

    As far as workouts go, I get to the box at least 4 times a week. This week was front squats, split jerks, snatch grip deadlifts, and farmers carries as our strength training.

    Day 6, feeling the positive effects!

  6. Another awesome sweet treat is frozen bananas + unsweetened cacao powder blended up in a food processor = Amazing little chocolate soft serve dessert! You can make a big batch and store in your freezer so when a sweet tooth strikes you're covered. ;)


    I am so thankful that anything over 70% was allowed on our recent Paleo challenge. My personal preference is 88% dark chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate, so I was all set for the month!

    Currently I have 2-3 CrossFit classes per week, one "class" on my own where I do one of the "girls," and one lifting session (this month I'm working on my overhead strict press). And usually a couple racquetball games with my dad. I used to work out like 10-12 hours a week with 2 CrossFit classes and a butt load of cardio and yoga, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted and I was tired and stressed all the time. Now I am down to a reasonable scheduel of 6 or less hours a week and finally starting to see some abs! CrossFit kicks you into gear like nothing else and gives you more time to actually live.

  8. YES! I was craving some dark chocolate something fierce last night! Love these recipes. Don't know if I'll bother to make them though ;)

    I love your tough love. I recently told a friend who wants to join CF, but can't swallow the thought of the money, "how much is being healthy worth to you? Want to stay chubby & unhappy with yourself or do something about it?"

  9. Chocolate!!!! Love it. Have to have it at least once a day. I will have to try some of these recipes. The fudge would be good topped with some coconut cream!

  10. Major fan of your tough love. SO TRUE. Getting uncomfortable under some heavy weight - such truth. Way to be real!

  11. I definitely 100% agree that amateurs and beginners shouldn't be going it alone in the gym - everyone needs a structured plan, whether it's CrossFit, 5/3/1, Madcows or a personal coach! =)

    Right now I'm lifting 4x a week, moderate -> heavy weight. I was on a PLing program for almost a year that had me lifting super heavy but now I'm focusing on hypertrophy!

  12. I run 6 days a week and do some arm workouts 3 days a week with 8lb weights lol my pathetic workout

  13. Thanks for sharing all this recipe and i will try them for sure.

  14. I don't do the WLC, but I do live healthfully and the one thing that can set me off track is chocolate. I've never found a substitute for it until now, just tried the mug cake and it's AMAZING! Thank you so much for it! THANK YOU!
    I don't comment a lot on blogs, but I'm so excited, I had to say this! :)

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