The ‘Rite’ Way to Enjoy Chocolate

We all have those moments…it’s late at night, you’re craving a little something sweet, but you don’t want to undo your whole day of healthy eating. If this is a familiar feeling, your search for the perfect solution is finally over. There is a nutritious, high-protein, fiber-filled way to enjoy a candy-bar like snack without the guilt! We’re referring to the exciting new additions to the ChocoRite collection of treats from HealthSmart Foods. They’ve just danced into the protein bar scene with exquisite new flavors that you can enjoy any time of day or night.

If you’re familiar with ChocoRite, you know they’re a trusted manufacturer of low-calorie, low-carbohydrate and low-glycemic impact snacks, including protein shakes, chocolate bars and candy bars, but did you also know they produce a full line of protein bars? These delectable uncoated and triple layer bars are made in a variety of flavors, including our favorites: the 100-calorie caramel cookie dough bar, the protein-packed caramel mocha bar and the irresistible cinnamon bun bar.

ChocoRite Protein Bars

The 100-calorie coated protein bar line is comprised of four flavors (plus an additional flavor at 105 calories) that contain 9 grams of protein and just 2 grams of net carbs! Flavors include peanut butter, salted caramel, triple chocolate fudge, caramel cookie dough, and cookies & cream.

ChocoRite’s uncoated protein bars have a hearty, clean taste and come in small and large sizes. The large uncoated bars contain between 200-220 calories, and pack your body with 20 grams of protein and only 3 grams of net carbs. The best part is that the bars are sugar free, but do not contain maltitol, which is a sugar alcohol used as a sugar substitute found in a number of other protein bars on the market.  Flavors in this collection include cookie dough, caramel mocha, butter pecan, pistachio nut, double chocolate extreme, yellow cake, and cinnamon bun.

The small uncoated protein bars are only 100 calories each and contain just 1 gram of net carbs! Flavors include cookie dough, yellow cake, cookies & cream, peanut butter, double chocolate extreme, and red velvet.

If you’re not salivating yet, then you need to give these a try. Once you do, you will be absolutely hooked! They are perfect as an on-the-go snack, pre-workout fuel or the solution to a late-night sweets craving. Order online or check our Facebook page for our upcoming ChocoRite Protein Bar Giveaway!

Guest Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

With the official start of summer just a couple weeks away, we couldn’t wait to start building our portfolio of delicious, refreshing recipes that are perfect to enjoy when the temperature rises. Today, we’re all about the berries, as they make deliciously tart additions to any breakfast, dessert or snack. But, as you all know, the entire Edible Epiphanies Team loves anything chocolate, so this recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries from Cooking Light hits every craving on our list. Plus, it’s easy to make because you don’t have to bake it!

So, let’s keep the oven off, the umbrellas up, and the fresh fruit flowing with this enticingly sweet recipe that will keep your guests, family, friends, and your own tummy happy and satiated all summer long. We even included some of our own suggestions (See “EE Suggestions”) to reduce the calorie and fat content a bit for those who are watching their wastelines for bikini season!

Recipe courtesy of “My Recipes” via Cooking Light Magazine Online

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries Recipe

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries

Serves 14 (1 serving = 1 slice)
Ingredients:

4 ounces chocolate wafers (EE Suggestion: ChocoRite Sugar-Free Chocolate)
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted (EE Suggestion: Imperial Butter)
3 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk – (EE Suggestion: Replace with Non-Fat Milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
10 ounce 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened (EE Suggestion: Replace with Fat-Free Cream Cheese)
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/4 cup whipping cream (EE Suggestion: Softened Fat-Free Cool Whip)
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1 1/2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 cup blueberries

Preparation

1. Place chocolate in a food processor; process until finely ground. Place in a bowl; stir in honey and butter. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan. Cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Wipe food processor with a paper towel.

2. Combine milk and gelatin in a microwave-safe bowl; let stand 3 minutes. Microwave at HIGH 15 seconds; stir until gelatin dissolves. Cool slightly.

3. Combine cream cheese and next 4 ingredients (through vanilla) in food processor; process until smooth. Add milk mixture and cooled melted chocolate; process until smooth. Place whipping cream in a clean bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold one-fourth of chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Fold whipped cream mixture into remaining chocolate mixture. Spoon chocolate mixture into prepared crust. Chill 6 hours or until set.

4. Combine berries in a bowl. Top cheesecake with berry mixture.

A Sweet Revolution

The protein bar market is completely saturated with high-sugar, high-carbohydrate, fattening varieties that claim to be healthy but are actually comparable to many candy bars. The hidden ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oil packed into many protein bars create a world of confusion for those looking to find a healthy, nutrient-dense meal replacement or workout recovery snack.

As you know by now, we are HUGE fans of protein bars and find great joy in discovering the gems out there that are low in carbohydrates, high in fiber and contain little to no sugar. Our most recent moment of delight came after enjoying the vegan, organic Raw Rev Glo bar in all of its glory.

Raw Revolution Organic Bars

Each of the five flavors bring something different to the table, but our favorite is the Dark Chocolate Cashew & Mint because of its refreshing minty taste, the heavenly chunks of Italian dark chocolate that melt in your mouth and the subtle crunch of organic chia seeds. This bar is also the flavor with the fewest calories of the Glo line with just 170 calories and 9 grams of fat.

All Raw Rev Glo bars are vegan, Kosher, non GMO, dairy free, vegetarian and gluten free, making them ideal additions to any diet. What we love the most is the soft texture, which makes it not only delicious to enjoy on its own, but also makes it easy to use in high-protein recipes like our Protein-Packed PB&J Cups!

As you bite into the sweet peanut buttery goodness of the two peanut butter flavors (Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt and Crunchy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt), you’ll fool your tastebuds into thinking they’re enjoying fresh scoops peanut butter right out of the jar. If the bars are too soft and oily right out of the package for your taste, we recommend popping them into the refrigerator for an hour or so and they’ll become a bit more solid and chewy (just how we like them!)

Raw Rev Glo protein bars satisfy with just the right size, texture and bit of crunch without the high sugar content of similar bars. They are all made with raw, organic ingredients such as hemp protein, virgin coconut oil and sprouted flax seeds, among others, which means you can enjoy every last crumb without a bit of guilt.

Guest Recipe: Power Nut Smoothie

A smoothie is a quintessential meal-on-the-go when you’re running out the door in the morning, need some nourishment after a tough workout or just want a healthy late-afternoon treat. The great thing about smoothies is that they are completely customizable and cater to anyone’s taste! We love creating our own unique concoctions in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen, but what we love even more is having our Edible followers share their fabulous recipes with us!

Our Edible fan, Caitlin, recently shared this nutty, protein-packed creation with us and we just had to spread the word. It is incredibly easy to make, provides a sweet balance of nuttiness, with a crunch of inflammation-reducing seeds, and is sweet enough to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving! See the recipe below and have fun making this one at home:

Ingredients:
  1. 1 scoop Quest Peanut Butter Protein Powder
  2. 1 Frozen Banana
  3. 1/2 cup Ice
  4. 1 cup Almond Milk
  5. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds
  6. 1 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
  7. Optional: 1 tbsp. Almond Butter
Directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into your favorite mug, glass, mason jar or bottle, and enjoy!

Quest Protein Powder

Protein-Packed PB&J Cups

Peanut…peanut butter…and JELLY! We all know the song, we all know the sandwich, but what you may not know about is this delightful little creation that we whipped up in the Edible Epiphanies kitchen! It’s jam-packed with protein, provides your tastebuds with a little sweet and saltiness, and comes in a perfect little package that you can get away with enjoying any time of day. This no-bake treat takes just minutes to prepare and we bet you’ll swallow it down even faster!

Ingredients:
  1. 1 Raw Revolution Glo Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
  2. 1 tbsp. Strawberry Jelly
  3. 2 tbsp. Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero
  4. Toppings of your choice!PB&J Cups
Directions:

Take the soft Raw Rev Glo bar and remove it from its package. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the bar on a pan or countertop.

Once the bar is flattened, soft and easy to mold, place it in the cup of a small muffin pan to use as a mold for your peanut butter cup. Use your fingers to shape and blend the bar so it forms a small cup. IMG_3845

Slide a spoon along the edges to slowly slip the protein bar cup out of the muffin pan and grab your strawberry jelly.

Spoon the strawberry jelly into the cup and smooth it out along the inside to create a soft inner layer. Scoop out a large spoonful of Buttery Pecan Arctic Zero (this flavor works best with this recipe because of the buttery, nutty compliment to the protein bar, but feel free to use another variety!) and place it into your protein peanut butter cup on top of the jelly.Now you can add your favorite toppings! We suggest chocolate candies, chocolate peanut butter cup bits, nuts or whipped cream, but the sky’s the limit!Protein PB&J Cups

We hope you enjoy this delicious, protein-packed, sweet and salty treat!