Best Chocolate Bark (EVER)

I recently discovered a recipe that I am completely, 100%, without shame, addicted to.

It is easily better than any candy bar I’ve eaten, and it’s actually good for you.

I’m literally on my fourth pan of this chocolate, and I’m not even going to mention how soon ago I found the recipe.

Healthy enough to supplement your breakfast, this treat is gluten free, vegan, and grain free.

Well, the original recipe is grain free, but I prefer granola in mine. 🙂

Enjoy!

Best Chocolate Bark

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When I make these, I get really creative with them. Cinnamon in the chocolate, sea salt and chia seeds sprinkled on top.

I really like the consistency of dried fruit when it freezes, so I throw a variety on top too. Oh! And granola. I add a generous amount of granola, for a deliciously subtle crunch.

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Now excuse me while I finish off what’s left in my freezer.

Yes. I have a problem. No. I don’t want to talk about it.

Happy eating, my fellow chocoholics.

Love,

a dreamer.

Chocolate Chia Seed & Mixed Berry Parfait

I found the most appetizing, breakfast chia seed parfait yesterday on Pinterest.

Of course, I’m my mother’s daughter and I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, so I changed things up a bit.

Chia Seed Goodness

Basically, I just added about ¼ cup of cocoa to the chia seed pudding, put less banana in each berry mix and added cinnamon instead of ginger to the strawberry parfait. I also used the Naked brand, mixed nuts and fruit granola.

Guys. This recipe is delicious and insanely packed with nutrients. Also, the measurements listed made enough for two large breakfast portions.

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It’s so colorful! I don’t even wear clothes this bright– It is a great way to start your morning. I stayed full for so long after eating it. Chia seeds are magical little things.

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With the first few bites, I attempted to be critical. Truthfully decide if I was legitimately enjoying the flavors, but before I knew it, I had eaten the entire contents of the jar. Guys. That’s a lot for me. It’s that good.

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Go try it.

Later guys. . ( I promise I will stop saying guys. Heh. .)

Love,

a dreamer.

Personal Diet Rundown

Okay,

So I have quite a few recipes to share, but firstly, I’d like to talk about my diet.

I felt like with the variety of ingredients I use, I would recieve questions concerning my choices, so why not answer them first?

I can’t really categorize my diet– it’s partially paleo, partially vegan, completely gluten free.

I’ve gone through a multitude of health issues, which was the primary reason for a diet change in the first place. But now I’ve started truly embracing the idea and got creative with it.

I aspire to be vegan. . But I’m allergic to a lot of their main sources of protein, and quite frankly. . I really like meat.

Paleo? I probably lean more towards paleo than anything else, but I allow certain grains and dairy.

Basically,

  • I’m allergic to all dairy, besides organic cream cheese, organic butter, and organic greek yogurt.
  • I’m allergic to all grains, besides organic yellow corn, buckwheat, and organic rolled oats.
  • I’m allergic to all legumes, besides garbanzo beans, lima beans, and string beans. But I don’t care for the last two.
  • I cannot have any meat with added hormones.
  • I cannot have any processed sugars.
  • I cannot have cashews (which makes a few recipes more difficult.)

Moving on!

I say this mainly as a disclaimer to all of the recipes I will be posting in the future. I won’t be able to label them according to any specific diet, but I will try to include substitutions.

Conclusion:

I’m learning a lot about living a healthier lifestyle, which is inspiring in and of itself. Because of that, I’ve had more drive to take creative liberties concerning my meal choices. And I’ve felt like a million bucks! My energy levels are elevated, nearly all of my stomach pains are gone, and I’ve become much more willing to listen to my body.

I’m not gunna lie. It took a while for me to get my heart in it, I really like my cheese burgers. Even just last night, I pitched a minor tantrum over ice-cream (a serious weakness of mine. . . ESPECIALLY in summer). But hey. I’m human and it’s a working progress.

So that about covers.

Now for the fun part!

Onion Rings, Fried Portobello Mushrooms, Chocolate Chia Seed Parfait, Protein Packed Chocolate Bark, Gluten Free Mac & Cheese. . .

Coming soon to a blog near you!

Love,

a dreamer.