Mint Chocolate Truffles- Healthy Holiday Recipes

by admin on December 17, 2014

 

Mint Chocolate Truffles- Healthy Holiday Recipes

 

I'm surrounded from every single angle by sugar cookies {my favorite} yummy dips, carb loaded appetizers and I won't lie…. I want it all!!!  Goodness gracious this is HARD!  Do you feel me?!? Are you the same way?  I mean seriously it's crazy, I can't believe how my senses are heightened to all the bad foods around me because I generally just can't even eat it!  I am trying to stay focused on my PiYo results and my husband is doing P90X again for the 10 time!   I am on the Strength month and I have a week and a half left so it's super focused game time!!!!

So, how do you handle the holiday temptations?  TRICKY TRICKY!
#1 I make something that I can eat! For example over the past weekend we had friends over and of course I knew everyone was bringing desserts so I purposefully made the no bake pb shakeology balls so that I could have a treat!  I made sure to send most desserts home with everyone and then lets the kids have what they wanted and the rest found its way to the trash that night!

#2 I pre-eat.  I never leave it to chance that the place where I am going is going to have healthy options.  I just assume that its all going to be fried food with lots of carbs and ranch dressing!  I make sure to have  well balanced meal or my Shakeology before a party and then when I do get there I make it all about socializing and not about the food!  I keep a glass of sparkling water in hand and grab veggies if they are there!  No one ever notices because I'm busy doing other things!  I leave the party not feeling guilty or bloated and I am still on track.  
 

When it comes to staying on track you can't worry about what everyone else is going to think and you certainly can't worry about offending someone for not eating.  Its your body and you have the choice to choose what you eat!  So make sure you keep that front and center in your mind!

Ok so now the whole point of this post was to share a recipe with you and I totally got off track!  So on the Team Beachbody Website  there are all sorts of great recipes and tips to keep you on track!  I found this little beauty and instantly fell in love!  I'm sharing it with you all because it would be perfect to tuck into your holiday arrangements and not have the guilt with it too!
 

Mint chocolate Truffles, Healthy Holidays, Melanie MItro

Mint Chocolate Truffles
These minty truffles have so much chocolate flavor, one is all you need!
Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 truffle each
Ingredients:
5 oz dark chocolate, 70% cocoa or higher, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
½ cup lite coconut milk
½ tsp. pure mint extract (or pure vanilla extract) BE REALLY CAREFUL, if you go overboard you will ruin the whole batch!
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
Preparation:
1. Place chocolate, coconut oil, and mint extract in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Bring coconut milk to a gentle boil in small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add coconut milk to chocolate mixture; whisk gently until combined.
4. Place chocolate mixture, covered, in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out 1 Tbsp. of chocolate mixture. Roll into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder until evenly coated. Repeat steps five and six until there are twelve truffles.
6. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or in freezer for three months.

 

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Happy HEALTHY HOLIDAYS!!!
 
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Mint Chocolate Truffles- Healthy Holiday Recipes

 

 

 


I'm surrounded from every single angle by sugar cookies {my favorite} yummy dips, carb loaded appetizers and I won't lie…. I want it all!!!  Goodness gracious this is HARD!  Do you feel me?!? Are you the same way?  I mean seriously it's crazy, I can't believe how my senses are heightened to all the bad foods around me because I generally just can't even eat it!  I am trying to stay focused on my PiYo results. I am on the Strength Phase I have a week and a half left so it's super focused game time!!!!

 

So, how do you handle the holiday temptations?  TRICKY TRICKY!

#1 I make something that I can eat! For example over the past weekend we had friends over and of course I knew everyone was bringing desserts so I purposefully made the no bake pb shakeology balls so that I could have a treat!  I made sure to send most desserts home with everyone and then lets the kids have what they wanted and the rest found its way to the trash that night!

#2 I pre-eat.  I never leave it to chance that the place where I am going is going to have healthy options.  I just assume that its all going to be fried food with lots of carbs and ranch dressing!  I make sure to have  well balanced meal or my Shakeology before a party and then when I do get there I make it all about socializing and not about the food!  I keep a glass of sparkling water in hand and grab veggies if they are there!  No one ever notices because I'm busy doing other things!  I leave the party not feeling guilty or bloated and I am still on track.  

 

 

When it comes to staying on track you can't worry about what everyone else is going to think and you certainly can't worry about offending someone for not eating.  Its your body and you have the choice to choose what you eat!  So make sure you keep that front and center in your mind!

Ok so now the whole point of this post was to share a recipe with you and I totally got off track!  So on the Team Beachbody Website  there are all sorts of great recipes and tips to keep you on track!  I found this little beauty and instantly fell in love!  I'm sharing it with you all because it would be perfect to tuck into your holiday arrangements and not have the guilt with it too!

 

Mint chocolate Truffles, Healthy Holidays, Melanie MItro

 

 

Mint Chocolate Truffles
These minty truffles have so much chocolate flavor, one is all you need!
Total Time: 4 hrs. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 12 servings, 1 truffle each
Ingredients:
5 oz dark chocolate, 70% cocoa or higher, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
½ cup lite coconut milk
½ tsp. pure mint extract (or pure vanilla extract) BE REALLY CAREFUL, if you go overboard you will ruin the whole batch!
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
Preparation:
1. Place chocolate, coconut oil, and mint extract in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Bring coconut milk to a gentle boil in small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Add coconut milk to chocolate mixture; whisk gently until combined.
4. Place chocolate mixture, covered, in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out 1 Tbsp. of chocolate mixture. Roll into a ball. Roll in cocoa powder until evenly coated. Repeat steps five and six until there are twelve truffles.
6. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or in freezer for three months.

 

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Did you like this recipe???  Feel Free To SHARE WITH OTHERS!
 
Happy HEALTHY HOLIDAYS!!!
 
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How To Stay On Track During Thanksgiving Week

by admin on November 24, 2014


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So on Sunday and it's my typical plan and prep day!  This week is definitely a little different because it's a holiday week!  For some of us the kids are home from school, you are traveling to visit family or you are hosting family and its way easier to throw up your hands and start next week vs making a plan to balance the good with the bad!  Well, that's why I'm here.  Let me show you some of my tips for balancing it all and truly enjoying your holiday without feeling like your missing out!

 

 
That's actually the first thing that you can change.  It's not a punishment to eat healthy.  It's not a punishment to exercise portion control, its living a balanced life.  I have found that through my experience with eating healthy that I actually feel awful when I over eat, and I am lethargic after a meal that I eat to many carbs and sugars.  I find that I am actually grouchy because sugar now has an adverse affect on me.  The next day I am craving more sugar and it is this crazy vicious cycle.  Now that doesn't mean that I don't once in a while have a sweet treat it just means that I am very mindful of when I have sweets and I really pay attention to the portion size.  When I eat I think about my food as fuel not as comfort. Even during the holidays I'm still eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  I'm always looking at my plate and asking if I have a lean protein and a veggie or fruit at each meal.  I eat carbs but they are only whole grain nutrient dense carbs. I honestly never even have whole grain bread because it's just not nutrient dense and really turns to sugar in your body. The best carbs are oatmeal, quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice and Ezekiel Bread or muffins {found in the freezer section of the grocery store}.

 

 
So when you eat ask yourself are you fueling your body for brain power or are you fueling for comfort?  It become a habit the more you ask yourself these questions.   I always look to see when I ate last.  Has it been at least 2 1/2 hours since my last meal.  If it hasn't then I drink a large glass of water and get busy!  I do everything in my power to make it to the next meal time!  
 

 

 
Around the holidays you are seriously surrounded by appetizers, dips, chips, veggies, desserts and drinks.  Your kitchen is full of finger foods for people to snack on!  It's so easy to stand and talk with your guests and mindlessly eat!!  But, take your conversation elsewhere, go to the living room or sit at the table and make the entire visit about spending quality time with your guests vs the food!  It's hard at first and its easy to start to tell yourself that you deserve to enjoy 1 day out of the year.  But its easy to let it get out of control.  So go in with a game plan.  If grandma's pumpkin cookies are a must have on your list then choose that and leave the less desirable foods treats on the plate.  
Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers, clean Eating, Melanie MItro

 

 

 
WORKOUT.  There is no reason why you can't stick to your workout schedule.  If you are traveling and are staying at a hotel you can take your laptop and do your workout in your hotel room.  You can go to the gym and improvise with a different workout if you don't have a laptop.  You can find a place in your parents house to workout early in the morning that won't disturb anyone else or you can invite family to workout with you. Get a good cardio sweat session in on Thanksgiving so that you are burning more calories at rest! It helps with the extra indulgences during the day!!!  
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If you want to workout, you will find a way!  You can even hit up the neighborhood for a brisk walk or jog!  Get some fresh air and go!  You can even create your own Turkey bowl and play some football in the backyard.
 
Stay Hydrated.  When you are traveling it's easy to not drink your water.  Make sure that water is still your main drink of choice and that you are focused on 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day. That is the key to keeping hydrated, full, and not over eating.
 
Having drinks?!?! WINE, BEER, COCKTAILS are all holiday favorites!  But what are the best options?  Well truthfully if you are on a mission then it should be none at all.  But if you want balance my suggestion is vodka and soda water with a splash of lemon or lime.  If you follow a 21 day fix meal plan then substitute 1 oz of vodka for a yellow!  A YELLOW YES!  So that means you get 1 less carb.  So make sure you account for that during the day.  I always know when I want a drink and I save up a carb for that and keep it to 1 drink!!!!
 
Wine is again 1 yellow so choose accordingly.
 
I posted my meal plan below because I really want you to see that I don't change much thru my week.  
Thursday for Thanksgiving Dinner will be easy, just keep it simple.  Have some steamed beans vs butter on them and a sweet potato plain before they add the brown sugar and butter.  You can handle that! Double up on veggies, sit away from the desserts, drink tea and water and play games with the family.  Keep the focus away from food and it's all good!  It's a mental thing for me, if I go in with a plan I'm much easier able to stay on track.  I also have to ask what the menu is.  If I try to leave it by chance or expect that people know I am eating healthy that isn't going to cut it.
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Friday it's back on track with workout, eating healthy and holiday shopping!  If your a black friday deal person and you are up and at em at the crack of dawn.  You can either workout before or after but make a point to put it in your calendar and don't skip out on your FRIDAY SWEAT SESSION!  Be mindful of your goals.  If you want to maintain your weight this holiday season it's more about balance than deprivation.  But you are going to have to be strong and pass up on some things and you are going to have to make your workouts a priority and recognize when you start making excuses and stop yourself dead in your tracks!!!!  
 

 

The requirements are 30 days of Shakeology, Fitness Program optional, option to start with the 3 day refresh and or the 21 day fix!  Think about it this way!  Don't wait until after the holidays to get started.  You can actually lose an average of 2lbs a week between now and Christmas! Think 10 lbs gone before the ball drops on 2015!  

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