Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Truffles – They’re like amazeballs in your mouth.

I made some Paleo chocolate truffle chocolate (Why is it truffle chocolate and not actual truffles? Read on…)

Originally from nom nom paleo’s post here, I made 1/2 a recipe for my first try. These things are creamy and delicious, and really hit the spot when you’ve got a craving for something sweet and cocoa-y!! 😀

Chopped up some 70%+ dark chocolate. This one is a President’s Choice brand giant 300g bar from Superstore that is made with canola lecithin instead of soy lecithin. It’s super affordable and tastes great.

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While chopping the chocolate, I had some full-fat coconut milk (the kind in a can!) on the stove at the lowest setting. I have a gas stove, so it’s hard to have any “low” setting (which is probably why I keep burning my homemade ghee…). If you have doubts, suggest using a double boiler!

Once the coconut milk is simmering, pour it over your chopped chocolate…

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And stir conservatively just until the mixture is smooth and combined. Now try not to stick your face right into this bowl and slurp it all up :S

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Put it in the fridge to set for a few hours. Then you can roll the truffles into balls and give them a coconut or cocoa powder covering. I’m not actually serving these to anyone, and I didn’t particularly feel like rolling out the chocolate into pretty little balls (I actually tried one and it just takes too much work for not having to present it to anyone. Plus, it melts quickly and gets all over your hands so you look like you have poop hands), so I literally have the bowl in my fridge with a little teaspoon that I can use to scoop out a bit at a time whenever I’m craving some chocolate. Hence why I’ve made chocolate truffle chocolate, instead of chocolate truffles 😀

These things just melt in your mouth and are oh-so-smooth.

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Whole30 Day 18 – Spoke too soon

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 poached eggs
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado

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Lunch (@ home)

  • Homemade meatballs on spaghetti squash – Except my squash was wayyyyy overcooked, so it ended up being more like mush than spaghetti strings. Still tasty 🙂 I put a few slices of cheese on top though lol.

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Snack (@ home)

  • A couple small spoons of chocolate truffle.

Dinner (@ Phnom Penh Restaurant)

  • Butter beef – Raw beef with garlic, cilantro, and a sweet vinegar sauce (sauce definitely contains sugar of some sort).
  • Luc lac beef – Beef stirfry (sauce definitely contains sugar of some sort). This usually comes with rice and a fried egg, but I ordered the entree meat-only version, fried up my own egg at home, and served it on cauliflower “rice”. It was delicious!!
  • Fried chicken wings – OK, definitely another very conscious cheat, but this restaurant is famous throughout the city for their chicken wings, and I just couldn’t turn them down 😦

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Snack (@ home)

  • 1/2 small mango

Exercise

8km run 🙂

Wins

Exercised for the 4th time this week. AWESOME! 😀

Challenges

I find that I’m making more and more allowances for cheats here and there, and little things add up. Gotta get back to discipline.

Thoughts?

Spoke too soon yesterday about Whole30 being “no thang”. These cheats are starting to get bigger and more frequent, which is a no-no!! I can do better than that!! Do it do it!

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Whole30 Day 17 – Like it ain’t no thang

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 poached eggs
  • 3 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • A few raspberries and a few pieces of papaya

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few homemade yam chips

Lunch (@ home)

  • Zoodles in clam sauce – I served this with extra broth to make it more like soup noodles. My #1 favourite hangover meal is soup noodles like instant noodles (mmm Shin Ramyun anyone?) or pho, but those are obviously not Paleo-friendly, and this was my way to curb my craving!
  • A few pieces of papaya

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Lunch #2 (@ home)

  • Zoodles in miso soup – More zoodles. I get hungry when I don’t have protein in my meals. Yes, miso soup contains soy. This was a very conscious mini-cheat lol 😛

Dinner (@ Le Petit Saigon)

  • Grilled lemongrass chicken vermicelli – Minus the vermicelli, of course. Replaced it with more lettuce instead and it was more like a salad. Delish!
  • Also cheated and had 2 small pieces of a fried spring roll. Couldn’t resist.
  • However, what I DID resist was the mango smoothie that everyone else at the tables around us were ordering. It looked so yummy and refreshing on a hot summer day, but when I asked the restaurant if they add sugar, not only did they tell me they add sugar, but also condensed milk. No no no no no. Went home and made my own mango smoothie instead 🙂

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Snack (@ bonfire)

  • Mango coconut smoothie – Homemade. Mango, coconut milk, shredded coconut, and a squeeze of lemon (I like things tart!) Healthier option than having a beer, which is wheaty and alcoholic.
  • A few chili & lime almonds
  • 1/2 slice of SOO brand pork jerky

Exercise

None.

Wins

Found a way to sort of curb my soup noodle cravings – zoodles in soup! 😀

Challenges

I really can’t say no to Vietnamese fish sauce, which is a combination of vinegar, sugar, garlic, and fish sauce. Sugar = bad! But can’t say no 😦

Thoughts?

I think I might be able to continue modified Paleo eating even after Whole30 is up…it’s all about making sensible choices, right? 🙂

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Whole30 Day 16 – Don’t forget to eat meals!!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1 homemade breakfast pork patty
  • 1 slice of proscuitto
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of coconut milk

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Snack (@ home)

  • A scoop of homemade chocolate truffle

Lunch (@ home)

Um. I forgot to eat lunch today. How does that happen?! I can’t tell time instinctually when I barely ever get hungry anymore!!

Snack (@ home)

  • A medium sized banana – At about 4pm when I realized I hadn’t had lunch yet, I figured I should get some nutrition in me!

Dinner (@ home)

  • Eggplant bruschetta
  • Leftover paleo baked chicken nuggets
  • A few raspberries and several pieces of papaya

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Snack (@ friend’s house)

Housewarming party at my friend’s new apartment. Drank copious amounts of alcohol (oops) and ate potato chips in the process. Darn it! Brainless snacking while drinking is such a pitfall…I don’t feel bad that I ate chips, I just feel bad that it wasn’t a very conscious decision to have a cheat snack and enjoy it thoroughly.

Exercise

None.

Wins

Love handles are visibly smaller than when I started Whole30. That’s definitely cause for celebration! LOL

Challenges

How to avoid alcohol and the snacking that goes along with drinking? Well, at least I have cut back a lot on drinking up until this point…

Thoughts?

If I’m gonna cheat, it should be a very conscious decision, and I should savour and enjoy every moment of it.

Also, stop forgetting to eat meals! I’ve eaten a lot of meals later than usual because I’ve forgotten and don’t feel hungry, but never until this point have actually missed a meal completely!

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Whole30 Day 15 – Holy moly, halfway there!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs + 1 egg white
  • 2 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk
  • A few strawberries

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few homemade yam chips

Lunch (@ home)

  • 4 eggplant bruschetta
  • Fried egg topped with tomato and pork patty – I made homemade breakfast pork patties, and there was a bit leftover, so I just cooked it up and added it to my lunch 🙂
  • Side of garlic “mashed” cauliflower

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Snack (@ home)

  • A scoop of homemade chocolate truffle

Dinner (@ home)

  • Paleo baked chicken nuggets – These didn’t turn out crispy even though I used an seasoned almond flour “breading” after an egg wash. I’m gonna have to try this again. Also tried a homemade ketchup – did not like it at all. I ended up eating these with some bottled honey mustard sauce I have at home that I love so much. It’s definitely not made from scratch or from fresh ingredients, contains a good amount of sugar, and is Paleo-naughty. But it made me enjoy my meal so much more, so I thought it was worth it.
  • Baked yam fries
  • Seaweed salad

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Exercise

Another bootcamp day. The 3rd and last one of this week.

Wins

Today marks halfway of Whole30. It hasn’t been perfect, as I know I have some minor cheats here and there, and I’ve allowed for snacking, but man am I still proud of myself! 😀

Challenges

Most packaged condiments contain sugar, preservatives, and all sorts of Paleo-naughty things…but damn, I love my condiments! And sometimes, homemade just doesn’t come close. I think this may be an area I’m willing to cheat in.

Thoughts?

Just double what I’ve done so far and I’ll be done Whole30 for the month of May!! Kind of incredible, if I do say so myself 😀 😀 😀

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Whole30 Day 14 – Wednesday. (insert clever title here)

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 3 strips of reduced salt bacon
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk
  • 1/2 small mango

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Snack (@ home)

  • 1 piece (1/2 egg) homemade devilled egg
  • A couple of strawberries + a small handful of raspberries
  • A few slices of cheese (oops?)

Lunch (@ home)

  • Eggplant “bruschetta” – Was at a bit of a loss as to what I should have for lunch today. I didn’t quite feel like just another salad. So after browsing through a few of my cookbooks and doing a quick search on Pinterest, I decided on bruschetta with eggplant instead of bread. I had already just made a chopped tomato/onion/green peppers “salsa” earlier this morning, so it was perfect!

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Snack (@ home)

Actually got hungry between lunch and dinner today (for the first time in what feels like ages)! Probably because I had all veggie at lunch and no protein…

  • 1 mini chocolate zucchini muffin
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 slice SOO brand pork jerky

Dinner (@ home)

  • Baked salmon
  • Pan-seared scallops
  • Garlic “mashed” cauliflower
  • Zoodles with clam sauce
  • Seaweed salad

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Exercise

None. A much needed rest day, since I can’t make bootcamp today due to an evening conference call for work.

Wins

TC said he noticed that I fall asleep much faster recently. I didn’t realize until he pointed it out, but he’s right! I used to almost always be the type to toss and turn and take a while to fall asleep…TC used to always fall asleep before me, but now I don’t even notice because I’m out before he is!

Challenges

Basic movements today are painful due to bootcamp soreness. I guess this is also kind of win though – bootcamp is doing its job and kicking my butt!

Thoughts?

Man, TC and I are going through eggs like wildfire right now. It hasn’t even been a week since our last Costco trip and we’re already halfway through our second carton of 18 geebuz! 😐

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Homemade Ghee Fail.

IMG_20140514_112140I tried making some homemade ghee about 2-3 weeks ago before I started Whole30. You’re supposed to use grass-fed butter, but I just used what I had in my fridge – unsalted butter from Costco. I followed this guide, which gives a nice step-by-step picture view of what your butter/ghee should look like in the process, so instead of stressing out about where you’re at just from descriptions, you can actually compare to the photos 😀

I’m pretty sure I overcooked (read: slightly burnt) the milk solids, resulting in a more amber-coloured ghee than bright yellow. I was worried I ruined it, because various internet sources told me just to chuck the batch and start a new one. But there was a glimmer of hope in some posts that said it’s still good if it’s not TOO burnt.

I let the ghee set into a solid and then stored it in my fridge. I use it nearly everyday (even before my Whole30 started), and it has been fine! Delicious even! I’ll admit, it does smell and taste a bit more “caramelly” than plain butter, but I can’t say I mind. Well, instead of wasting a cup of butter, I’m happy to use it!

I’m already more than halfway through this batch, so hopefully the next batch I make properly and don’t burn…

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Whole30 Day 13 – Bring on the bacon!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 3 strips of reduced salt bacon – I’m not usually one for bacon…I probably haven’t really eaten any in years! I enjoy the taste, I just always perceived it to be super unhealthy, and it just didn’t taste good enough for me to justify eating it. But bacon is Paleo-friendly, so have at it!
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of coconut milk

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few homemade yam chips as I was baking them throughout the morning 🙂

Lunch (Sushi Town)

Parents wanted sushi again!! I’m not gonna complain 😀

  • Salmon sashimi
  • Toro sashimi
  • Salad

Dinner (@ home)

  • BBQ steak – Pictured is the portion I took…the rest went to TC ha ha ha…
  • Zoodles in clam sauce – Leftover clam broth found in my freezer from the last time we had clams. YUM!
  • Baked yam slices
  • Shared a beer with TC 😀

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Snack (@ home)

  • A mini chocolate zucchini muffin

Exercise

Day 2 of my 28-day bootcamp at InFighting. I was still a bit sore from yesterday’s fitness test, and we did some team circuit training, which involved things like squats, tricep rows, high jumps, burpees, deadlifts, swimmers, etc. It was physically challenging for me from a strength perspective, but not from a cardio on (I can thank my running for that!).

Wins

Trimming down noticeably in the midsection. May just be bloat instead of actual fat, but I like it!

Challenges

Snacking still an issue. I’m not convinced that snacking is necessarily bad for you though.

Thoughts?

I hate going into the kickboxing ring at the gym as a group because everyone takes off their socks and it’s smelly! 😛

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Whole30 Day 12 – Starting a bootcamp!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 2 slices of proscuitto
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk

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Snack (@ home)

  • A few strawberries
  • A chocolate zucchini mini muffin

Lunch (@ home)

  • Chinese steamed chicken – Leftovers I found in the freezer teehee
  • Zoodles w/ tomato sauce – Yes, there are a couple slices of cheese there.

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Snack (@ home)

  • 2 chocolate zucchini mini muffins
  • 1/2 devilled egg

Dinner (@ home)

Made TC some slow cooker chicken pot pie tonight – one of our favourite dishes! I cut out the flour used to thicken the stew, which made much more work for me to reduce the sauce the long way -_- and served it for him on gluten-free pasta (he’s trying to reduce gluten now too!) Obviously I couldn’t have this, as much as I wanted to, since the stew base has dairy, and I put corn in it. And of course the gluten-free pasta contains grains that are no-no for me.

So my dinner was quite simple 🙂

  • Seaweed salad
  • Chinese steamed chicken

Snack (@ home)

  • A few more strawberries

Exercise

Went to my first day of a free 28 day bootcamp at InFighting, a gym that opened a new location literally half a block away from my place. It was just a fitness test today to benchmark our current physical ability. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t impossible – just do the exercises as fast as you can in the time you’re given. My fatigue set in the quickest with the push-ups, even though I did them from my knees, but this was expected because I don’t have a whole lot of upper body strength.

Wins

Glad I’m getting back to making time for fitness. I will go to this bootcamp 3x per week for the next 3 weeks…I’m excited!

Challenges

Now that I’ve made these healthy chocolate zucchini muffins, I can’t stop eating them! I had 3 today!! Are they truly healthy? I can’t think of anything unhealthy in them, since it’s Paleo-friendly, no sugar added, and even the cashew butter is homemade! I think they’re not too bad for you and one little muffin curbs any chocolate craving I might have 🙂

Thoughts?

I haven’t even finished eating my last batch of chocolate zucchini mini muffins…and I already want to make more!!

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Whole30 Day 11 – Day of Mommas!

Breakfast (@ home)

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 2 slices of proscuitto
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small glass of homemade almond milk

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No Snack! 😀

Lunch

Um I forgot to have lunch today…

Snack (@ parents’)

When I realized I hadn’t had lunch, I started snacking lol…

  • Handful of strawberries
  • 1 pork chop – Leftover from my parents’ dinner the night before.
  • 4 potato chips – Yikes! A bad cheat!!!

Dinner (@ parent’s)

Mother’s Day Dinner! Made by my sister and yours truly

  • Pan-fried scallops on garlic “mashed” cauliflower – We were going to do cauliflower puree, but that contains cream so my family was happy to make this substitution for me 🙂
  • Salad
  • Baked chicken – They had breaded, but I just seasoned mine with some S&P, garlic, and thyme
  • Fresh lobster – I had a whole lobster tail! Simply boiled and then dipped in butter (ghee for me!)
  • Glass of red wine
  • Post-dinner liqueur on ice

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Snack (@ parents’)

  • A few more strawberries
  • A couple bites of Mother’s Day cake!

Exercise

None.

Wins

It’s really tough to avoid cheats on special occasions…but I think I did decently today. I wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t do too badly, all things considered 😀

Challenges

Now that I’m not getting hungry as often anymore, it can be easy to miss meal times! Not good…have to be more diligent about eating at the right times. But there is conflicting literature out there about whether you’re supposed to eat strictly 3 meals a day, no snacks (Whole30) vs. eat instinctually (only when you’re hungry, and not when you’re not hungry).

Thoughts?

Can’t believe I am already 11 days into Whole30. I thought it would be a lot harder than it has been!

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