Fudge Bars

I have a confession, I eat dessert. 😱 I KNOW! Crazy humans.

SO Delicious makes the most amazing coconut milk fudge bars. Seriously, go buy some and find out for yourself!

Before I found these little guys, I was a sad panda. You see, my favorite ice cream is chocolate almond fudge (Cub Foods brand!), but I haven’t been able to eat it in YEARS after discovering my intolerance to dairy (all forms!), soy, gluten, and eggs. If you’re a restaurant server and see me coming, I’m sorry for the headache you’re about to get. I promise it’s legit, and I tip well!

While I had tried several many forms of frozen desserts, they just never satisfied that chocolate ice cream desire.

BUT THESE GUYS, they’re perfect.

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They even use eco-friendly sticks!

PERFECT!

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I wish I was paid by So Delicious to share about their products, but I’m not. So, instead just go buy some of these knowing you’re supporting an amazing brand with awesome products. And maybe write So Delicious and tell them I deserve free fudge bars for life. ;)

If you're a person, like me, who loves getting food delivered to their home, So Delicious is sold on Amazon. <-- That link is an affiliate link: If you happen to purchase anything through that link, I will financially benefit at no added cost to you!

What’s your favorite dessert/treat?

I'm obsessed: Protein Mocha

Chocolate Coffee. mmm

Chocolate Coffee. mmm

Chocolate. Coffee. Vegan Protein. Need I say more?!

I've been toying around with variations in protein recipes, due to the need to up my protein intake with the amount of running I've been going through and will be going through since we are in marathon training.

I know that mixing hot liquids into [quality] protein powders will kill the enzymes and be less digestible, but my love of mochas needed to be satisfied at home (especially on those early morning runs in which coffee is needed after).

I received a sample of the Sun Warrior's Warrior Blend Chocolate protein powder after falling in love with their vanilla flavor, and KNEW this is what my gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free belly has been NEEDING! Holy YUM!

So here's what I do:

Make Cold Press Coffee Concentrate (original recipe) I pinned that here, I recommend doing the same.

  • 1 cup coffee beans, coarsely ground

  • 4 cups water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add the grounds and the water to a 40-ounce or larger jar or pitcher with airtight lid. Stir. Put the lid on and put the jar/pitcher somewhere out of the way on your kitchen counter, out of direct sunlight.

  2. Let it sit for at least 6 hours, up to 12.

  3. Pour it into a French press and gently push down the plunger. Pour out the iced coffee concentrate.

Everyone needs one of these.

Everyone needs one of these.

Add 1/2 cup of water to each 1/2 cup of the concentrate. When you want the mocha, though, add 1/2-1 cup of ice to a blender, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of coffee concentrate, and 1 scoop chocolate protein powder. Blend until desired consistency.

Mix it up!

Mix it up!

Chocolate Protein AND COFFEE!!!

Chocolate Protein AND COFFEE!!!

Cold coffee on a hot day

Cold coffee on a hot day

All the goodness in a cup.

All the goodness in a cup.

When I know I'm going to gone for the day, I'll bring a scoop of the protein powder with me in a shaker cup and add an iced Americano to it.

SOO GOOOOOOD.

Let me know if you try this, or have a similar recipe you think I should try!

Cleansing while eating chocolates. #winning

I'm cleansing today, right now, and wanted to share something pretty amazing.I'M EATING CHOCOLATE.

MMMM Chocolate

That's right, I'm eating chocolate, on a cleanse day.  I'm not doing a super long (2-days) cleanse like I previously wrote about (here), I'm only doing a 34-hour cleanse due to my training schedule for the half-marathon.  This time I started last night, and will finish tomorrow morning.  It's safe for me to go in public on cleanse days, as long as I have a glass of water nearby, or green tea, and don't sit in the car longer than my bladder can handle!  I simply drink fluids, eat some spree size candy-ish wafers, eat some chocolate squares, and take my vitamins.  I find that doing a cleanse day in my training schedule helps with the lactic build up in the muscles, and helps clean out the toxins my body soaks up while running outside.

I started this nutritional lifestyle May 2014.  My results have been: more energy, glowing skin (even my bf commented on it), zero sugar or caffeine cravings (I used to drink caffeine 3 times a day!), have released 10 pounds of fat, gained 5 pounds of lean muscle, feel less anxious and irritable, and I have experienced a huge mental clarity (like a thick layer of fog has been lifted from my head). This has been without any diuretics or laxatives!

I've never really written about it before, and thought how much of a disservice that is to you!

The basic program is comprised of Shake Days and Cleanse Days.  On Shake Days, you substitute two meals of your choice with a delicious shake, a nutrient-dense meal that is natural (artificial free), soy-free, and gluten-free. There is also a dairy free shake, which is what I use.  I know, I know, 'it's just a shake, I would get more if I ate food.'

There are 90 nutrients that the body needs (essentials) that it cannot create on it's own: amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals.  Sixty of these are missing from our food due to our current food sources and soil depletion over the last 50 years.  In one of these shakes, you get all 90 essentials!  It's also the proper balance of carbs & protein to keep you feeling FULL, it is 250 calories so you won't be hungry until it's time for a snack in 2-3 hours!

The third meal of the day is a 400-600 calorie healthy, balanced, “knife & fork” meal of your choice. You must get in two healthy snacks (100-200 calories) throughout the day, as you should eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism going and prevent yourself from getting too hungry.  Increased thermogenesis can only be sustained while on a metabolism-enhancing diet (the body burns up to 10% of the calories with thermogenesis just after eating).

On Cleanse Days you drink a berry-flavored synergistic blend of gentle herbs and nutrients that support your body’s natural ability to remove toxins and impurities.

To support you on Cleanse Days you have wafers (in chocolate, vanilla, or berry) which help curb your appetite and support healthy blood sugar levels naturally with a balance of nutrients.

You also get CHOCOLATE, yes that’s right, CHOCOLATE on Cleanse Days. When your brain is low of “feel-good” chemicals, it seeks out sugar, junk food, and caffeine to artificially boost your energy and mood levels. These yummy chocolates are specially formulated with green tea extract, amino acids, antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals to help ease those cravings. They come in milk or dark chocolate, and are ESSENTIAL on Cleanse Days.

Good for you chocolate!!!

So here's the truth: I eat treats, desserts, chips, fries, syrup, etc, and that's because my goal for this lifestyle isn't to only drop fat.  I'm 5'3" and weigh 135 pounds, and an athlete.  I'm not looking to go to the Olympics, I'd cut out the junk food if that were the case.  My lifestyle isn't about restricting anything, I enjoy food that I like in moderation = portion sizes!  Unless it's a bag of jalepeno kettle chips, then I'm eating that entire thing in one sitting.  They're good, I'm proud of it.  I know that if I were to restrict food I'd see the fat MELT right off, but I can't maintain a restricted lifestyle and knowing my boundaries is important.  However, these shakes, bars, chips, and cleanse drinks allow me to RESET my body to the way I am comfortable.

I LOVE these products and how they make me feel so much that I am confident that I will be buying these groceries, and vitamins, for a very long time.  I take it everywhere, I have a snack box in my car with chocolate and a meal bar in it, and I take shakes, bars, cleanse, and chocolates with me when I travel.  TSA doesn't care, it's not liquid!

I also coach others on this life-changing program, which is an added bonus because I LOVE helping others achieve their goals, it is something I am very passionate about. This is not just for people who want to lose weight, there are professional athletes using this food in their own ways.  Athletes need to eat more, so they ADD meals and snacks to their day!  The professional athlete's are not paid-spokespeople either, they have to BUY this food just like I do.  It's the best out there!

Everything comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose except maybe a few extra pounds.

Are you ready to hit the button?

If you are interested in taking back control of your health once and for all and would like to join me on this exciting journey, please send me a message and let’s get started!  Email: emilyrunfree@gmail.com

#IceCreamforBreakfast because #kidsgetcancertoo

My FAVORITE ice cream is chocolate almond fudge, but I haven't found this flavor profile in the non-dairy section.  Since today is International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast, a grassroots campaign bringing awareness of the Give Kids the Village Campaign (read more here and here), which is a vacation cost-free for kids with life-threatening illness, and their families. What a better reason to make my own version of chocolate almond fudge ice cream!  I had some thoughts, and decided to go with protein powder, chocolate almond milk, ice, regular almond milk, and some Horchata.  It needs some work on the consistency, but it is GOOD!

Chocolate Almond Protein Ice Cream 1 serving Vanilla Protein powder of choice 8 ounces Dark Chocolate Almond Milk (they come in these sizes in a 4-pack!) 2 ounces Regular Unsweetened Almond Milk 1 ounce Horchata 2 handfuls ice

Blend.  Enjoy!

How did you celebrate this day?

2015 Race - Finally registered for one!!

Happy Tuesday!!! I usually have 5 races I've registered for by this time of year, but considering how drastically my life has changed in the last year, race registration is going to be a LOT different.

So what did I choose for my first race of 2015???

The Hot Chocolate 15K!! (http://www.hotchocolate15k.com)  This will be my first Hot Chocolate Race, and I'm excited!!!

I'll be running in Minneapolis, but they have 14 other cities you can run in!

Next week is the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon lottery entry, and I'll be throwing my hat in that ring.  It would be a phenomenal deal if I was able to run that, and then I'm also considering running the Medtronic Marathon in October.  Those are my only plans so far this year, a lot different than the past two years.  I have my reasons for not running several races that I have in the past, but a lot of it has to do with now owning my own business.

Have you ever ran a CHOCOLATE race before??

Oatmeal Energy Cookies

I made these the first time a few months ago, and fell in love. I make them for long weekends when a lot of exercise will be involved, such as the Medtronic weekend in the beginning of October.

They freeze well, and last longer if refrigerated because of the bananas.

I recommend keeping them cool and heating in a microwave/car dash if you like your chocolate squishy.

Oatmeal Energy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled. Mashed makes things mix faster.
  • 1/3 Cup Applesauce
  • 2 Cups Oatmeal, I use steel cut
  • 1/4 Cup Milk, I use unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup dried fruit, I use dried cherries for anti-inflammatory purposes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips, chopped if preferred
  • optional, 1/2 Cup Nuts, chopped (add more chips if not using nuts)

Directions

  1. Mix everything with a hand-mixer, or a counter top mixer if you want.
  2. Roll into 1-2" balls, place onto greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

I make my cookie balls 2" round and end up with about 8 cookies.

Both times I have made these, they weren't stiff cookies, which I am okay with. You will need to modify your ingredients to make stiff cookies if you choose.

What are some go-to recipes for your busy days?