Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Fat Bombs are Da BOMB!!

So, since transitioning from HCG Protocol to LCHF I have had to make some adjustments.  

This has included increasing my fat consumption. 

An easy way to do this is by making fat bombs.  

Not only are they a great way of upping your fat intake to the percentage you are after but they are  good for you and taste fantastic!

These can just be a tasty treat even if you aren't doing LCHF.

Very quick and easy to make, I swear they took about 15 minutes and if I can do them with a newborn in the house, anyone can!

1/3c coconut oil
60gr cacao butter
2tbs raw cacao
100gr crushed macadamias
1/4 shredded coconut
pinch of himalayan seaweed salt to taste 
1tbs stevia powder or you can use a liquid sweetener like raw honey

In a double saucepan or a bowl over a saucepan of hot water melt the cacao butter, raw cacao, salt and sweetener.  Stir in the coconut oil making sure it is well combined then add the dry ingredients.
Spoon into chocolate molds or a baking dish and refrigerate until firm, I used a silicon ice cube tray.  You can freeze to speed up the process if you want.

Keep refrigerated, if they last that long!

I buy my ingredients from either changing habits online store or iherb where you can get great discounts, especially if you are a first time customer  

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Round three - Loading Day 2

Okay, I admit it.

I started the day with a bullet proof coffee, eggs, bacon and the left over creamy chard.  

A delicious start to the day if I may say so.

Most people who do bullet proof have their own fave formula.   You can buy a ready made MCT oil blend to add to your coffee or you can play around with coconut oil, butter or ghee.
Whilst I have tried the Optimoz blend and quite like it I prefer to stick to my own mix.
I have played around with ingredients and measures and have found that the following is my fave blend:

1 sm plunder of good coffee
1tbs butter
1tbs coconut oil
Put into thermomix, bellini or stick mixer jug and blitz until frothy, creamy and well combined.
Trust me you won't look back, this is seriously good!

My mid morning smoothie today was similar to yesterday's offering but
 I added an avocado to the mix  
A girl can't have too much good fat on loading days right!

I had lunch out and forgot to take photos.  
Rest assured I ate up big. 
I was fortunate enough to attend the AGM for the Migrant Resource Centre and there were three different stalls offering international cuisine.   
I tried some delicious Afghan meatballs in a tomato sauce, Bhutanese momos (dumplings) and an a divine African Cassava Leaf dish with chicken.

I came home so stuffed I couldn't face anything for ages.

I managed to shovel in the last of the Ashgrove camembert (seriously THE BEST camembert I have tasted) and some of their blue with a couple of dates.

Dinner was meant to be a creamy chicken dish with zoodles (zucchini noodles) but I wasn't sure about the chicken so I tossed it.  
I found a beef bolognaise in the freezer and dug that out.  Had buttered zoodles with some meat sauce and parmesan instead.

To be honest, I am not sure I could have faced another cream based dish LOL
I am feeling a tad full, reflux-y and glad this is the end of the loading days!!

However, I do know that I am fully loaded in the best possible way.
I hope to go into this round in the best shape possible. 
I have come out of round two with no major pain or inflammation.  
I lost around 8kg in P4 without trying really and feel happy with the maintenance.

I really struggled, but seeing I had gone to the effort to make a sugar free chocolate icecream, I felt I should do it justice.
For dessert/supper I had some.  
Not much though (think 1/2c) as 
I just couldn't do it justice.
But OMG!  It was good.
Stay tuned and I will post my recipe in the next week.

So, tomorrow begins phase 2 for 43 days.
I won't bore you with daily posts but thought, for those starting out it might be a good idea to see what others do for the phase.
I plan on doing a weekly post on stats and meals with a few recipes thrown in.
I will also link to past recipes from the last couple of rounds.

Hope you enjoy the ride :)

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Experimental icecream

The kids wanted ice cream, I had 500ml of pure cream in the freezer so figured why not.  In the past I have made it with sugar as per most recipes but decided to stick to our changes and try to avoid that.  I only use good quality pure cream from Ashgrove Cheese and rather than waste the goodness of that I wanted to add other good ingredients.
Rather than using the regular caster sugar I have used coconut sugar, you could also use rapadura or stevia if you wanted.  I have also used the changing habits cacao wafers.  These are 100% raw cacao before the cacao butter is extracted, sugar free, rich and creamy!  This was the first time I had used them since buying them and I must say I was impressed.  Okay, I may have dunked a finger in the mix to test :P

Obviously this isn't a good recipe for phase 2, sorry.  Just know I am being tortured too :)  However, for loading it would be awesome and if you don't react to dairy you could have in phase 4 and phase 5 without a worry.

5 egg yolks
1/4 coconut sugar
1/2c changing habits cacao wafers
500ml cream

In a small dish whip 400ml of the cream until it is very thick and put aside.

In a double saucepan combine egg yolks and coconut sugar.  Put over heat and gently whisk until the mixture starts to thicken to ribbon consistency.  DO NOT stop stirring or you will end up with sweet scrambled eggs!  Once this happens add the cacao wafers.  Keep stirring until melted then remove from heat and stir in the remaining 100ml of cream.

Fold in half of the whipped cream at a time and when all mixed through place in the freezer for around 8hrs or into the ice cream maker, which is what I did.  It took about 20min until it reached a good thick consistency then I transferred to a container and put in the freezer.

This has won a big thumbs up from the kids, I know they were doubtful as the wafers are relatively bitter.  They were  very surprised that it was sweet, chocolatey and creamy without too much effort!

Who would have thought it could be so easy and healthy.  Go! Go, have some now!

For more information on the cacao wafers visit the Changing Habits website.