‘Tis the season for sugar and sweets and all things unhealthy. Fa la la la la la la la la.
And here I am with a not-so-healthy recipe to add to it. But you know what? A little sweets here and there won’t hurt you, especially during this time of year when those bikinis are tucked far far way in the depths of your dresser. I’m kind of kidding. But really though… I believe eating should be about balance and moderation. Do I think its “healthy” to stuff your face with every sugar cookie in sight? Not necessarily. But if you do, thats ok! We’re all human, we make mistakes, we move on, we make healthier decisions the next day and no harm is done.
That being said, while I think any time is a great time to start a healthy lifestyle, I’d advise to not start around this time, knowing all the temptations the holidays will bring you. This season should be about sticking to your healthy routines, while enjoying the company of others and not having to restrict yourself or make yourself miserable. So…keep up with your workouts, eat those greens, and don’t beat yourself up if you enjoy a few sweets. You’re worth it. And life is too short to be so hard on yourself.
I’ve provided you with a semi-healthy-ish sweet treat to enjoy this holiday season! And I promise they will be quite the crowd pleaser.
- 1 lb dark chocolate
- 1 lb white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint candy
- Spray a large piece of foil with non-stick spray (I used coconut oil spray) and lay over a baking sheet.
- Melt dark chocolate on a double boiler or in the microwave at 30 second intervals, making sure to stir in between.
- Once the chocolate is melted add in the 1 tsp coconut oil and stir until mixed.
- Pour the melted chocolate on the foil lined pan and place in the freezer until hardened, about 10 min.
- While the bottom layer is hardening, melt the white chocolate in the same way as the dark
- When it is fully melted, add in the remaining coconut oil, the peppermint extract and stir until mixed.
- Allow the mixture to cool a bit before layering on top of the hardened bottom layer, so that it does not melt the layer below it.
- Spread the white layer evenly over the dark.
- Crush your peppermint candy and sprinkle on top.
- Place in the freezer until fully hardened.
- Store in a air-tight container. I prefer to keep mine in the fridge so they stay hardened, but you can leave them on the counter as well.
These work great as christmas gifts, especially if you put them in mason jars and ribbons around them!
What is your favorite holiday treat??
What are your favorite ways to stay fit during the holidays?