Healthy Chocolate Bark

Hiya, friends!

I am sorry I am so late this week getting a new post up. A couple days I had planned on keeping track and taking pictures of what I ate throughout the day, and I forgot to take any more after lunch!

I do hope you enjoyed the snow day(s) you may have had from work or school and that you stayed cozied up with a blanket or fire. I know Matt and I did!

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe for any of you chocolate lovers out there. I don’t know how many of you have a sweet tooth, but I feel mine is growing back and I just crave a little something sweet at some point in my day.

Of course, it’s ok to treat yourself to a candy bar, or a piece of birthday cake, or a dessert around the holidays, but there are ways you can enjoy chocolate and it not stop any progress or get you off track.

This chocolate bark is SO good and so EASY to make. It’s also very customizeable, so you can always tweak the ingredients that I used, as well as change up what you want to add in your chocolate bark.

Here’s what you will need:

-1 cup coconut oil (this can be found in almost any grocery store)

-1/2 cup peanut butter (not pictured, but I decided to add it in)

-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-1 teaspoon almond or butter extract

-Whatever add ins you want: pecans, candy, coconut, etc.

1.First, melt your coconut oil and peanut butter and mix together in a bowl.

2.Add in all other ingredients except for your add ins, and stir well.

3.On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, pour melted mixture evenly on pan.

4.Sprinkle on any add ins you wish, and place in freezer for 45 minutes to an hour.

5.Once frozen, break up in pieces, and store in freezer.

As you grab these out of the freezer, they are ready to eat. Some chocolate barks will be too hard and you have to wait a few minutes. With this made from coconut oil, it is not too hard, and it will feel as if it will melt in your mouth.

I am a BIG fan of this recipe and it will be something I will continue to make for years to come!

If you try this out, let me know what you think, and what you added in!

😀

My 2018 Blog Intentions

Happy Saturday!

Today is the first official day since Christmas I am longer sick sick. It’s the worst being sick around Christmas, but it seems a lot of people have been dealing with it. I’ve been drinking plenty of fluids, taking my meds, and getting more veggies in my body since that’s been slacking lately!

In my last post I talked about how you can be SMART when making your 2018 goals. I even ended that post with some of my own goals for the new year.

Today, to end the year, I thought I would share with you my blog intentions for 2018.

For those who are true readers and keep up with my blog, I thank you for sticking around even when I would have my seasons where I would quit or just didn’t blog for a while. You keep coming back and I love you for that!

Let me share with you now my intentions for my blog, and what you can expect from it in 2018.

weekly newsletter: this is something I’ve always wanted to do and build up. At the start of each week, I will send out an email to whoever wants one, and it will be a word of encouragement, an update with life, or simply something I feel the Lord is wanting me to share. It’s a way I can keep connected with you guys on a more personal level, and you will know first hand about blog happenenings.

If you want to be a part of the newsletter, contact me with your email, or simply email me at toloveandliveblog@gmail.com letting me know you do!

-more recipes: i plan on cooking more this new year and experimenting more in the kitchen, so watch out for more recipes! (I think I’ll throw some “what I eat in a day” posts too!)

video Q+A: I’m planning on once a month (at the end) to post a video answering questions I will ask you to send in or ask me. These can be health or fitness related, or any other topic you want, even if it’s something you want to know about me!

more honesty: I don’t want to sugar coat things for you guys or talk in circles avoiding the inevitable. This is on any topic. Of course, if it’s a product review, I always always will post on what I believe in, what I use, and what I truly enjoy! What works for me may not for someone else, though, and that’s understandable. All in all….more honesty, more reality, and more of who I am and the struggles I sometimes face, even as a personal trainer/health coach. More Matt too! ❤️

DIYs: I’m starting to miss creativity in the form of painting and arts and crafts, so be ready for some DIYs/tutorials that will be easy and fun, whether it is gift ideas or decor! 🙂

I may have a few things up my sleeve and things I am still thinking on, but for now, this is what you can expect coming to the blog in 2018, and I am so excited! 😁

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and ring in the new year with friends, family, and/or loved ones. See y’all next year!