How to lose weight and still eat Chocolate. Sound impossible?
If Chocolate is one of your favourite foods, then you must have it in your daily calorie intake. If you cut it out completely, you will crave it, and like me, will most likely binge eat it when you do have it.
Chocolate is not bad
In fact, most experts recommend it. Some experts will even recommend that you eat chocolate 20 minutes before and 5 minutes after lunch and dinner to help cut your appetite in half.
Like my fizzy’s, I have a weakness for chocolate, It’s a guilty pleasure that I absolutely love and I dreaded having to go without it when our weight loss journey began. How did we do it?
I’m going to share with you, how my family and I were able to lose weight and still eat chocolate.
We made our own ‘Clean’ Chocolate
Getting my children in the kitchen to help prepare and cook is a family fun event that we all love. And making our own chocolate was one of our aboslute favourites. Simply because we got to lick the bowl and all the utensils clean.
I was fascinated at how creative my children are in the kitchen. If I didn’t have a particular mould for their chocolate, they would make it using nearly every utensil they could find. It was a messy task, but we love it.
Ingredients we used to make our own chocolate
When our weight loss journey began, it became a whole new world for us. We learnt so much about foods and their nutritional value. The health benefits of the different varieties of foods and how we could incorporate it into our everyday life to create and live a healthy lifestyle.
We used quality ingredients like;
- Coconut oil, Cacao butter, Coconut cream
- Raw cacao powder, Raw honey or Rice Malt Syrup
- Frozen raspberries, Shredded coconuts
- Pure Maple Syrup, Mint essence, Orange Essence
- Homemade Peanut Butter
We tweaked it here and there and added different things like Salt, Cinnamon, vanilla. From these quality ingredients, we also made Ice Cream, Cookies, Brownies, Truffles. Our homemade ‘clean’ chocolate recipes became the base for many other chocolate dishes. School lunch boxes had homemade ‘clean’ chocolate bars, and our boys love it.
There’s no greater feeling than enjoying a meal that you made from scratch together as a family. It gave us a deeper appreciation and respect for food.
You can still lose weight and eat chocolate
Depriving myself of chocolate was not an option. We simply made better choices and made ‘clean’ healthy chocolate that not only looks good, but tastes amazing.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment.