You would never think these Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters are not-so-bad for you.
These Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters will fix your sweet tooth raving without packing on the pounds.
I know most of you have started your crazy New Year healthy diet plans for the year. I have faith that most of you are still hanging in there with your weight loss plans and goals and some of you are already saying “ there’s always next year”. Wherever you are in the weight loss spectrum, I am here to support you and to tell you that it’s okay wherever you are. I believe there should be balance in everyone’s diet. I am not a believer in quitting anything cold turkey with the expectation that it will change your life and you will immediately become a “stick figure” within one month. I can speak to this from experience. Let me share with you my story.
I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and it was the most horrible lifestyle change that I had ever gone through. I didn’t have time to adjust to the diet. I had to start watching my carbs, eliminate most foods with added sugars and carb heavy, and take medication to keep my sugars low. It was the most annoying and frustrating change with the best benefit (I only gained 20 pounds my entire pregnancy) that anyone could ever experience. Going through that experience, I did gain some appreciation for watching your carbs and eating less sugars. I also came to like some of the food combinations that were high in protein and low in carbs that I still continue post-baby. The most annoying part of this experience was the fact of not having control. I had to do this for the safety of my baby and me. I saw two different doctors twice a week for 4 months and had to watch them assess everything I ate. It was if I was in my last semester of undergraduate school and every-single-assignment I did would determine if I was going to graduate. STRESSFUL! Oh and let’s not forget about how I needed to check my blood sugars 7 times a day and take 2 different medications as well. With all of this happening, do you really think I didn’t cheat? After I had my baby, what do you think happened? Yep! I enjoyed myself and whatever the hell I wanted. I even ate food that I really didn’t want but could have. That is because I was on this dumb-ass diet ( excuse my French) that left me hungry most of the time.
The moral of the story is, no matter the diet you have adapted, remember you have to give yourself a break. You have to allow yourself some room for treats every now and then. And don’t just through yourself in a diet expect to stick to it. There is nothing wrong with fasting or detoxing but those types of diets are always short lived and hardly even becomes a definite lifestyle change. Wing yourself off of something a little at a time and start moving a bit a more. These Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters are perfect for anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, Weight Watchers person, and even a Paleo dieter. They are very simple to make. All you need is some dark chocolate and mixed nuts! You can choose whatever dark chocolate intensity you want ( I picked 60% Cacao) and whatever nuts you want. These Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters are the perfect combination of carbs and protein. Not to mention, they are sweet enough to kick any sweet tooth craving you are having. There is a way you can have what you crave and what you need and be healthy at the same time. These Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters are perfect for everyone and will support your diets and sweet cravings no matter what you eat.
- 13 oz. 60% Cacao Dark Chocolate
- 2 ¼ c. unsalted mixed nuts
- Fleur de Sel salt for topping.
- Place a heat-safe bowl over a medium pot of boiling water. Break the dark chocolate and place it in the bowl and allow to melt. Use a rubber spatula and stir until smooth with no lumps. Remove from heat and stir in mixed nuts.
- Using a silicon mat, wax or parchment paper, take a spoonful of the chocolate and nut mixture and place on the mat or paper. Sprinkle with a pinch of Fleur de Sel. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set and enjoy. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep longer.