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No Bake, Sugar Free Chocolate Treat

December 12th, 2014 by | 1 Comment

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There’s a reason it’s called “the most wonderful time of year” and not “the month you worry about your health”, every delicious holiday thing has so much sugar in it! We tried finding some none sugar free options, and they were way too much work  (we’re BUSY!). Then we stumbled on these no bake balls, and time stood still.  They’re easy to make and even easier to eat. And you don’t need to waste any extra time feeling guilty for a second serving.

Ingredients

  • 1¼cup coconut flakes, shredded, unsweetened
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips*
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ½ teaspoon chocolate liquid stevia
  • 9 dates, pitted, chopped

Instructions

  1. Blend one cup of the coconut flakes with the banana and cocoa in a food processor
  2. A small amount at a time add the chopped dates to the food processor
  3. Once thoroughly combined until smooth mix in the stevia, vanilla extract and salt
  4. Place mixture into a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips
  5. Place the ¼ cup of coconut flakes onto a plate
  6. Make 14 small chocolate balls from the mixture then roll them into the coconut flakes. Refrigeration is not necessary, but if you are not eating them right away I would keep them in the fridge to stay firm until you are ready to eat.
*You can find sugar free chocolate chips,  Hershey’s sells some here.

Holiday Plank Challenge

December 8th, 2014 by | 5 Comments

We get it, it’s the holidays; it’s hard to leave the house when there’s a fire roaring, treats on the counter, and family/friends gathered close. But be warned, the holidays are a month long! That’s 4 weeks for your body to go from taut to not. With our month plank challenge you can stay one step ahead of those New Year’s resolution makers.  It’s hard to believe the power of the plank until you try it. You’ll build a strong core with this deceptively simple exercise.

Here’s some tips from our RAD trainer Tess, to plank your way to perfection!
-Place your forearms on the ground and line up your elbows directly underneath your shoulders.
-Curl your toes under and lift your body off the ground.
-Squeeze your glutes and tighten your abdominals. Do not let your hips sag!
-Maintain a neutral neck and straight line from your head to your toe.

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Second Helping Sweet Potatoes

November 26th, 2014 by | No Comments

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This light and fluffy sweet potato recipe will be the perfect side dish without adding inches to your backside!

INGREDIENTS

5 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover, and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl, and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, pecans, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.