December 19, 2012 · 4:39 pm
I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year my chocolate intake can get a little crazy. With holiday parties, my boss’s endless supply of chocolate bars, my cousin’s holiday chocolate covered pretzels and MY own baking, it just doesn’t end. And while my taste buds certainly don’t want it to, the rest of my body is left feeling icky and sluggish. I’ve discovered too much refined sugar gives me a headache and can do a number on my skin. It’s just not worth it.
So what’s a girl with a monster sweet tooth who loves snax to do? Find healthy alternatives. I know, easier said than done. But that’s why I wanted to share this delicious treat with you: Chocolate Super Cookies by GoRaw. A pretty great name. Some of you may be a little put off by the raw factor, but I have to say, they are awesome. They are crunchy, chocolately and given just a bit of sweetness from the dates and coconut (and I don’t even like coconut!). Not to mention that these cookies are actually good for you! There is nothing processed or bad for you in here, so you can feel good about eating it.
My mouth is watering just looking at this photo.
Now, I’m not saying to stay away from all of the delicious holiday treats (I know I won’t), but finding balance is key. Knowing that there are healthy but delicious alternatives out there makes it so much easier. I’ll share others with you as I discover them. In the meantime, what are some of your favorite delicious snax?
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December 11, 2012 · 5:40 pm
The last two days have been filled with preparations and celebrations for my awesome little(r) sister Katie. Every year I try to bake something a little extra special for the occasion. In the past there have been mint chocolate chip cupcakes, cookie dough cupcakes and (a not-so-successful attempt at) marshmallow-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. This year I was leaning toward another attempt at marshmallow goodness when I came across this ring ding recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but ring dings were a pretty big deal for Katie and I when we were growing up. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to recreate the delicious treat. It was quite a process, and I admit I need some work injecting icing into cake, but the result was pretty tasty.
Mmm mmm good.
Today my mom and aunt were coming into town for a birthday lunch with Katie, which meant some cleaning had to be done. However, I was able I get in some yoga time between baking and dusting.
Last night I opted to do a gratitude meditation before bed, thinking of everyone and everything I am thankful for in my life, and when I was done I sat and repeated a mantra of “Grateful” for a few minutes. This I the first time I’ve done this before bed and I have to say, it was a great way to end the day and clear the mind before getting into bed.
This morning I did my own personal practice, which included a flow of sun salutations and hip and hamstring stretches. Basically whatever I felt my body needed. I finished up with a little handstand practice and then I was ready to start my day.
Now it’s time to continue the birthday celebration! It’s hard to believe tomorrow is day 30. Time flies!
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