I try to get through emotional pain, not go around it. It always ends sooner that way, I also use chocolate.-Christina Perri
Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday, always a hard day for me. It is always painful when I realize I have lived more than twice the life without her than I had with her. My love for her is just as strong, my NEED for her just as powerful and my grief for her .. just as deep as when she was taken from me (us), I do have siblings!
This may come as a surprise, I don’t really care all that much about Chocolate. I prefer more fruity, sour, and chewy forms of candy. Yesterday though, with all the heartache I was feeling, chocolate was on the brain. I craved chocolate cake, chocolate ice-cream, chocolate bars, chocolate cookies … pudding even. I made it through my day mostly chocolate free, I did have a few pieces of Dark chocolate that are mixed into a sweet treat I allow myself to indulge in. Dark chocolate (70% or better) is allowed in small quantities on Paleo … the darker the better.
Did you know chocolate can decrease pain, more specifically emotional pain! When we eat chocolate the brain releases endorphins and serotonin. We get a short-lived “high” that just makes all those emotional pains a little less, so no surprise I had chocolate on the brain yesterday. Next time you are having a rough emotional moment and need chocolate, I recommend going for it, with moderation of course.
I am going to share with you a couple of the things I allow myself to indulge in. One is a coconut, almond medley. It has unsweetened dried coconut flakes, lightly salted roasted almonds and very small dark chocolate chunks. A handful or two of this snack mix is just the right amount of sweet to satisfy my craving most days. Second is a Chocolate Chip “Fat bomb”. Fat bombs are very popular amongst the Keto crowd, since we are trying out the Primal diet, I decided to give these a go. Fat bombs not only hit the sweet tooth but also are an easy way of meeting those daily healthy fat intake requirements.
Chocolate-chip Fat Bomb:
- 8 oz. of softened cream cheese (Primal requires this to be pasture-raised dairy – hard to find but not impossible.)
- 1 stick of softened grass-fed butter
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup sweetener of choice (swerve, monk fruit, erythritol, or Chicory root) – these are all paleo and keto compliant.
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 oz. of 70% or better choc chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
Cream everything together in your mixer, refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up then scoop onto parchment lined sheet pan and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Store in zip-locks or Tupperware container in the freezer until it is time to indulge.
I tend to use these as an evening treat, we get two each and it really hits the sweet spot with just enough goodness. I highly recommend these!
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