Food Swap Friday – Cacao Nibs for Chocolate Chips

I totally get it. I adore chocolate now, which is really funny because before my Diabetes diagnosis 6+ years ago, I hated it, and could probably count on one hand how many times I had consumed it. I remember my sister winning a 5lb Chocolate bar and being disgusted about it!

I didn’t like it then, but now I do… not ideal, but what can I do? That’s how things work… they usually become a helluva lot more appealing once they are dubbed “off limits” or “enjoy very sporadically”.

Luckily, my chocolate Shakeology does ease a lot of this, giving me the satisfaction of chocolate without as much sugar or carbs.

But sometimes, even Shakeology can’t satisfy the craving (luckily, this is a RARE occurrence or I would be in trouble!). Today’s swap enables you to get a richer, healthier form of chocolate, and in doing so, shave off 26.1 grams of carbs and add 7.8 grams of protein… I mean I am no math whiz, but those are pretty impressive numbers!

Plus, here are 5 reasons to consume cacao:

  1. Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Yay happiness!
  2. The antioxidant properties of cacao are also found to reduce insulin resistance and sensitivity in people with impaired glucose tolerance and smokers.
  3. Cacao helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and improves metabolism.
  4. Better digestion thanks to the fiber found in raw cacao, that stimulates the body’s digestive enzymes.
  5. Cacao boosts brain levels of serotonin, the feel good brain chemical. The benefits of cacao are proven to boost the brain levels of calming hormones and restore feelings of well-being.

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Tip Tuesday – Working out in Nature

This girl right here is always right at home in nature! Always have been, always will be. Few things remain as constant!

Occasionally, I will take my workouts outside, to a park, on the beach… not as often as I would like (because I have to get home and shower, and still get all the way down to work!), but sometimes.

And honestly, besides the much better scenery, there are plenty of benefits to getting your fitness on outside! Here are a handful!

Do you know of any others? Do you often workout outdoors? This is also where Beachbody On Demand comes in really handy – you can take your workouts to wherever your heart desires!

6 benefits of working out in nature