I can’t live without chocolate. Believe me, I’ve tried, but it didn’t work. Life would be so sad without little treats once in a while. Or every day. I’ll never be a perfect clean eater, whatever that means anyway, and I’m trying hard to not feel guilty about it.
Lately, I’ve been focusing on getting my chocolate fix in a healthier way, instead of grabbing an overly sweet, highly processed candy bar.
Here’s what I ate last Saturday, and a few chocolate-y snack ideas.
Chocolate for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do! Last week I made a small batch of my faux Nutella, which I normally use as a dip for fruit, but it’s equally delicious as a sandwich spread. Especially when it’s paired with strawberry jam. Heaven on a plate!
My monthly Foodie Penpals box arrived on Saturday morning. Wheee! The first thing I tried was a BBQ salt mix. I put some oil into a pan, added cooked chickpeas and a generous dash of said BBQ salt, and roasted it all for a few minutes. Finally, I poured the BBQ chickpeas on top of my lunch salad. They were amazing! Salty, smokey, warm, and crunchy, reminding me of bacon bits. Okay, after being a vegetarian for more than six years I hardly remember what bacon tastes like, but you get the picture.
My full Foodie Penpals reveal post will go online later this week.
I’ve been craving potatoes for quite a while, so I finally bought a (huge) bag last week, and made a big bowl of Bavarian potato salad. This is my favorite kind, because it’s dressed with a broth and vinegar mix instead of heavy mayonnaise. I served the potato salad with vegan fish fingers, (soy) yogurt sauce, and a sliced tomato.
My husband often eats the same meals that I do, but sometimes I make a separate dinner for him. When he’s home on weekends, he always craves Korean comfort food. In this case, he had spicy stir-fried pork belly with (very ripe) kimchi and rice. He loved it.
Those who enjoy meat and spices can find a similar recipe here.
Back to the original topic – chocolate! I love having a smoothie as a sweet snack or dessert, and very often I add some unsweetened cocoa powder before blending. My favorite smoothie base is bananas, frozen berries, rice or soy milk, and a little protein powder. This mix tastes like an indulgent milk shake, but without a ton of sugar, fat, or processed ingredients.
I often make a larger batch and pour a bit of the smoothie into popsicle molds. That’s so refreshing on a hot day.
If I want a more filling snack I like to have a small bowl of muesli with rice milk. Of course I occasionally mix in a spoon of cocoa powder, too. This bowl was topped with soy yogurt and fresh blueberries. What a treat!
I make a batch of these banana oatmeal cookies about once a week. They are based on a recipe from Blogilates.com. The original recipe has only two ingredients, one mashed banana and a cup of rolled oats, but I like to add a little cocoa powder and a few chocolate chips. The resulting cookies are a little less healthy, but so delicious.
Are you a chocoholic, too? What’s your favorite healthy treat?