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Friday Fixation – Raw Chocolate Balls

In an attempt to rekindle my blog spark, I want to reintroduce my weekly Friday Fixation posts.  My last Friday Fixation post was for my absolutely favorite, post workout drink Cheribundi. Today, it’s my low cost alternative to raw energy bars.

When I started incorporating raw foods in my diet I spent crap loads of money trying different packaged raw bars.  Most were hard nutty bars that I’m pretty sure were slowly cracking my teeth.  Until one day I found the most delish brownie raw bar..not joke, it was amazing.  One huge problem with them though, they cost $1.99 a pop!! With my 5+ bar a week ways, my waistline loved them, but my pocket book was dying a slow death.

So, to please my taste buds and my credit union, I tried to make my own.  After some seriously disastrous attempts, I came up with the most delish chocolaty treats. They aren’t the most physically appealing items, but no joke they fit the bill when you need something quick to eat or a “sugar” fix. I’m so addicted to these things, I’m like little Honey Bo-Bo when cake is around

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I even got the Mister into craving them.  After an hour of reassuring him that he can’t physically die from trying just one bite, he bit into the chocolaty goodness and claimed, “Ugh, that’s aren’t bad at all..actually pretty good.” We are both so obsessed with these that we both like wake up mid-night to snack on a couple balls <Inset sexual innuendo here>.

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Chocolate Raw Bar Recipe:

  • 2 cups raw dates
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder (or you can just get unsweetened Hershey cocoa powder)
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1/4 to 1/2 raw shredded coconut
  • Dash of raw agave  nectar (if you want it a little sweeter)

 

Place dates in food processor and blend until it makes a fairly thick paste.

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Add cocoa powder, walnuts, and shredded coconut and blend.  You can also mix by hand if it floats your boat.

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TASTE! If you want it a little sweeter or if the mixture is a little loose add some raw agave nectar.

Roll into balls and refrigerate.

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Fixation Friday

I would like to present my new weekly update of things I’m obsessed with….I’m obsessed with a lot of stuff, so this might turn into a three-part weekly series.

This week- Cheribundi

The beginning of the obsession: Amidst the chaos of the Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon Expo, there was one place of refuge…the Cheribundi booth. I typically don’t try drinks out expos, something about germs and too many people grabbing at the tiny cups, but when I saw this fresh cherry drink I had to stop. Thank God I did, because even as I was clubbing it up at the Wynn the next night, I caught myself dreaming about the cherry goodness of the Cheribundi drink.

Cheribundi tastes like a bundle of cherries (hence the name) freshly squeezed in your mouth. It’s tart, yet sweet, and satisfies any sugar cravings you are having. As soon as I got back to the Valley of the Sun, I scoured the valley searching for the drink with no success. I finally broke down and ordered a case off the Cheribundi website to satisfy my cravings.

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The obsession still continues to this day. I buy these on a regular basis, have sent cases to friends, and wake up in the middle of the night for a quick chug of cherry goodness. I even made martinis with Cheribundi during Christmas time!

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Product Details: 

  • Five different flavors (Regular, Skinny Version, Ginger, Chocolate, and Protein spiked)
  • The regular Cheribundi is a mixture of pressed cherries and apple juice (not from concentrate). So it’s 100% juice!

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  • The skinny version is 65% juice with water and stevia included.

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  • There are approximately 50 cherries per 8 fluid ounces in the regular Cheribundi.
  • Move over pomegranate, Cherry is the next super fruit.  Research shows that cherries can help you recover from exercise faster, sleep better, have anti-inflammatory benefits, can reduce pain from arthritis, and are heart health. Don’t believe me? Click here to read more about cherries.
  • Are available at Sprouts, Safeway, Whole Foods, and other local vendors. I finally have found this ruby gems at my local Safeway for $2.50 a bottle (occasionally on sale for $1).

Question – What are you obsessed with right now?

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The Raw Deal

Workout: P90X Chest and Shoulders, 30 minute bike ride on my trainer

So, I’ve been researching alternative medicine and small changes that I can make to my daily habits to improve health issues. For the past year I’ve gone on  2-3 week juice-only cleanses and always felt like it gave me intense mental clarity, increased energy, and improved my mood. However, one can not live on juice alone.

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Through all my juice recipe Google searches, over and over I would read about the amazing benefits of a raw diet. Since the only thing I actually missed when I juiced was crunchy food and the motion of putting forks in my mouth (FREAK!), I felt like this might be the next logical step for me.

In January I started really researching the raw food craze. After a few weeks of just browsing through information, I started resembling Claire from Let’s Go on a Living Spree, with my piles of books, scratched filled notebook, and endless internet searches.

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So here I am, on day five of starting my journey into rawism (is that even a word?). Eating raw is a simple concept:

  • emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains
  • all foods can not be heated above 115 degrees

Rawist believe that heating food above 115 degrees kills enzymes that aid in digestion; therefore, your body has to work harder to process and digest the food (making you feel tired and heavy). Now if you really want to get crazy, raw foodist often believe that heating up food destroys the life force of the food, so essentially you are just eating dead food. 

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So, after much debate and a whole lot of reading, I’ve decided to give it a shot. I’m currently five days in and feeling great. I must emphasize that I’m not doing this for weight loss, but more for health (who am I kidding, any weight lost would be a serious added benefit). Since I’m only trying it for health reasons, I’ve decided that I’m not going to be hard on myself if I occasionally have a piece of toast or some steam veggies (oh the shame!).

I’ll start posting some of my uber-delish raw food recipes I’ve collected so everyone can start incorporating raw concepts in their daily life. Aren’t you excited?

 

Question – On stringent diets or lifestyle changes, what are the hardest habits/foods to give up?

  • Mine is chocolate…I’m a late night binger and my binge of choice is anything chocolate related. Last week I had the score of the century – found a bag of Christmas Hershey kisses in the closet, unopened and so delish.

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