As most fellow paleo dieters know by now, i have a pretty big love for chocolate and other not so friendly paleo sweets. And i do believe that if it were not for this addiction, i could truly stick to any diet devised by man. I know that at times indulging in a food knowing it isn't paleo friendly can actually help one stay on the right track, as it keeps you motivated/not feeling deprived. The problem i am having is, that i indulge a little too much. Do any of you know of Paleo friendly fruit that can be consumed instead of my enemy chocolate? I say paleo friendly fruit, because i find that keeping my carbs to a minimum helps me tremendously, as i find it gives me unimaginable energy as a tradesmen. Allowing me to work longer hours. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanx guys.
Well, I don't know if this helps, but when I really want chocolate, I melt some pure unsweetened baking chocolate circles from Trader Joes (they are about 2 carbs, very bitter though by themselves), and I add coconut oil and liquid stevia in the pan. After its all melted you can roll strawberries into the chocolate and place in the fridge for a few minutes. It hardens in the cold because of the coconut oil.
We actually made these tonite as a treat for my kiddos =)
I have small bag of cacao nibs which I mix into extremely chilled coconut milk with some cinnamon and occasionally stevia.
If I'm feeling decadent [i.e. if I've remembered to buy any] I'll grate some nutmeg over the top, and pour stome melted coconut oil over the top - so it hardens like Ice Cream Magic. If that stuff still exists...
Nice high-ish fat snack.
I used to be devoted to milk chocolate, but since trying cacao nibs and now the Lindt 85%, it totally changed me. I'm now hoping to try Lindt's 90%.
Somehow the bitterness gives me whatever I'm wanting when I'm wanting chocolate, but I only need like 10-20grams and I'm totally satisfied.
Why don't you try them again?
Another, more radical, suggestion would be to go totally cold turkey for 30 days and then come back and experiment. It'll probably be a bit rough the first week, but it might be worth not being controlled by something. . .
For a chocolate fix I use a couple bites of Lindt 85% Cocoa bar. Almost no sugar. Probably a little bitter for most people at first.
My favorite Paleo snack that is not fruit is Matiz Fig Bread. It's really not bread...made from fig, ground walnuts and honey. That's it. They also have a Date Bread as well. Made in Spain, available in gourmet food stores and probably Whole Foods. You can view the product on my website in my store @ www.theprimaleffect.com
Not sure if it would be satisfying, but what about avocado? Do you like any sort of chocolate creations without sugar or with very, very tiny amounts of something like coconut palm sugar? I get chocolate cravings and recently made a simplified version of this w/a tiny pinch of palm sugar, not brown rice syrup as it suggests, and found it pretty darn good for kicking the cravings: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_No_Bake_Healthy_Protein_Snack.htm Or perhaps a taste of coconut cream concentrate?
My usual go-to for something sweet are Medjool dates.. a little more on the carb-ie side (i think around 6 per piece) but one or 2 usually do the trick for me. IF u really want a treat... try fudge babies... but beware, super addiciting...