The ‘Rite’ Way to Enjoy Chocolate

Everyone has 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! I’m 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 my 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 the Edible Epiphanies Facebook page for a ChocoRite Protein Bar Giveaway!

Guest Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

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

So, keep the oven off, the summer gear on, 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. I even included some of my 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.

Edible Endorphins

An Edible Epiphanies community member recently told me how great he felt after a workout. The feeling of happiness, relief of stress and boost of energy was enough to send him into a euphoric state. I was quick to share this same enthusiasm, as I am a huge fitness fanatic, but I was also eager to get down to the science of WHY exercise makes you feel this way. The simple, one-word answer to this phenomenon: ENDORPHINS.

When you exercise, your brain releases these feel-good chemicals, leading to reduced pain, feeling of euphoria, enhanced immunity, and several other powerful health benefits.

But the good news is you don’t have to endure hours of sweat-inducing exercise to experience all the advantages endorphins provide! You can enjoy the benefits of this natural high by consuming what I like to call “Edible Endorphins.”

According to Reader’s Digest, certain scents and foods provide a variety of different endorphin-producing effects, including:

vanilla and lavenderVanilla or Lavender: Sniff a vanilla or lavender-scented candle, perfume or potpourri and you’ll enjoy reduced anxiety, decreased depression and help with insomnia.

Chocolate: Savor a square of chocolate to release endorphins like anandamide, which is a chemical that promotes relaxing effects.chilli peppers

Peppers: Feel like adding a little spice to your meal? You will after you learn that spicy foods such as chillis, which contain capsaicin, release endorphins and boost your spirit.

Protein: Not only is this food group one of the most important for a healthy body, but it also ranks high in providing benefits for a healthy mind and spirit, too! High-protein foods such as meat, fish and legumes naturally send out endorphins to raise dopamine levels, which help you feel more focused and alert.

Whether you feel like signing up for your city’s next 5k or sitting down to a protein-packed lunch, think about the effects your activities have on your mind, body and spirit, and make good choices to improve your health!

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