Today, I spent most of the day working (and a little cleaning…and a little mess-making in the kitchen). I stayed up too darn late last night, so my eyes are burning, but who cares because I made a new nut butter that is totally amazing!
Dark Chocolate Nut Butter (no sugar added)
In a food processor:
1.5 cups raw cashew pieces (buy the pieces–they’re cheaper this way!)
1/2 cup raw almonds
2 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
3/4 tsp liquid vanilla stevia (I always use NuNaturals)
4 Tbsp Butternut Squash Seed Oil (or sub in another one that you like)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
Process until smooth. You’ll probably have to scrap down the sides a couple times. You can use maple syrup instead of stevia if you’re not as offended by sugar as I am. Also note that the amount of stevia you need will depend on what kind of cocoa powder you use—so add some and then taste!
I’m storing this in the fridge. I think this will work because there’s only 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (more would cause it to get hard).
Use this for whatever you’d use nut butter for!
I have BIG plans for this stuff! It’s an awesome texture after being in the fridge for several hours (I ate some for…dessert). I think it will go great with other dessert-y and snack-y things too.
News/Notes: Things are going well over at Fit Body Style (which is really just right here in a different tab on my computer). Shirley and I are going to work out together tomorrow at lunch, and we have more things going on in the background too. It has been fun—I won’t lie, it’s refreshing to just think about fitness rather than the wellness stuff that’s all about the complexities of long-lasting behavior change. Blah to that (at the moment–I feel sort of burned out from talking people into caring about their health)—wishy washy people who want results but do not want to do any work for it. There’s something more black and white about fitness—do you want the body? Then do the workouts and eat right!
This evening, I met my friend Kyle for dinner at Wegmans in Canandaigua—they have a wine bar, so why not? It was fabulous as always—we drank Fox Run Cabernet and ate mostly from the hot bar (it’s freaking cold and rainy in NY right now), and for some reason (happy hour?) the wine was only $4 a glass. Tomorrow I have a workout, wellness coaching (corporate), regularly scheduled online teaching, and a new yoga class to teach (plus I’ll need to pack for my Florida trip which is happening on Wednesday morning!).
Also, I’m considering going to a TRX training—do you know anything about it?
Here are a few more pics from yesterday’s workout, in case you were bored with just the chocolatey nut butter (seriously–it’s not boring in real life!). p.s. Action shots are often blurry.
I swear that although I have all the knowledge I need to do a kickass workout for myself, I still work harder with my trainer than on my own (regardless of who designs the workout). He makes me keep going when I’m tired. I won’t say I never think I have a better idea than he has…but it doesn’t matter—I have 30 minutes with him, and he makes me benefit from every single one of those minutes.
I did do this HIIT workout today—the jumping rope intervals are the higher intensity ones (read: jump fast).
Photo by Jen at PhotoCHICA