My sweet tooth can be, when left to its own devices, Ironwoman strong. I know I'm not alone, so this post is for all of you out there looking for a sweet you don't need to fret or guilt about afterward.
As much as I commit myself to a clean eating plan, there are of course those moments when the sweet tooth and I arm wrestle...and the tooth wins, no matter all those biceps curls I have logged!
Fortunately, sweet tooth concessions don't have to taste like cardboard. Balance is everything. So if we train with commitment and eat clean 90 percent of the time, a piece of really well made chocolate or a decadently baked cookie won't wreck us - or our physiques.
The proof in the pudding for me lately? Green&Black's Organics line of dark chocolate bars infused with fruits and nuts, and The Protein Bakery's line of high-protein brownies, cookies and blondies in a variety of flavors.
A few weeks ago Green&Black's, very generously, sent me a few bars to sample (milk chocolate with almonds, 70% dark, dark with tart cherries, and dark chocolate with hazelnuts and currants). The same week, I had spotted a few Tweets and Instagram and Facebook pics about The Protein Bakery's sweets, so I decided to treat myself to a few of their treats (oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and a coconut walnut dark chip blondie). So, yeah, my sweet tooth was feeling very victorious.
In hindsight, it was my pre-Paleo Detox sweet-and-gluten-fest! (More on that later this week....)
But ya know what? I felt not a lick of guilt after trying these chocolates and cookies.
BALANCE, NOT GUILT
The Green&Black's chocolate bars are made of the best ingredients, and the dark varieties especially are not all that high in sugar. One Hazelnut & Currant bar, 12 squares, is 230 calories and 15 grams of sugar. So even if you eat half, it's the calorie and sugar equivalent of some of those "granola" bars you're eating or even a scoop of some protein powder varieties. Plus, dark chocolate really does have a great dose of antioxidants. Enjoy a little square every night after dinner, and kill that craving before it even hits!
The NYC-based Protein Bakery's treats aren't exactly like eating an apple, but they ARE made with all real ingredients including brown sugar, oat flour, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Their "signature" ingredient is whey protein, which ups the protein content in the cookies without making them any less delicious. Little wonder that Oprah Winfrey loves them and Equinox gyms stock them! The 2-pack of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (each 100 calories with 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein) are perfect for snacking that doesn't have to turn into a session of "How did I just eat the whole row of cookies?"
I also loved the blondie - coconut really does make everything better. Eaten one sitting, it is a hefty 300 calories. So I cut it in thirds and extended the enjoyment! Balance and moderation in full effect! The Protein Bakery ships all over, and they make great gift tins -- sweet but health-conscious treats to celebrate special occasions. If you want to ever get on my good side, just send me these any time! ;) So good!
What are your favorite sweet treats? Point me to one I really dig, and I will send the lucky winner a Green&Black's bar and a snack pack of The Protein Bakery cookies! (To be eligible: 1.) Tell me in the comments below 2.) Tweet this blog post out and tag me @badassfitceo 3.) Share it on Facebook)
Coming up this week: A Wednesday WOD leg burner; and what is PALEO, and why am I doing it?