A healthy summer CHOCOLATE treat

Ahh sweet summertime!

Let the pool parties, vacations and late nights begin! With summer now here, it can be easy to let yourself, “slip through the cracks” when it comes to your diet, especially if you are enjoying all of the festivities. Even though summer is here and beautiful, warm weather is officially upon us, that still doesn’t mean that you should let your diet slack. In fact, you could be the total hit at the next pool party if you bring in what I am about to show you. In my book, the person who always brings in the healthier alternative is the life of the party, because let’s face it, the majority of us feel completely awful after eating something we know we shouldn’t have.


One question I am often asked by my clients is “How flexible you should I be in my diet?” My response is simple: 90/10. Follow your diet 90 percent of the time but allow 10 percent to splurge. No, we don’t NEED the sugar or excessive carbs and fat, but sometimes we need it for our mental sanity. Restricting yourself for a prolonged period of time will cause you to binge or even forget about your diet completely. Even though you are giving yourself that 10 percent, still try to be mindful. I always suggest sticking to nutrient dense cheat meals. Basically, opt for something that has a good source of fat, protein and carbs versus something filled with sugar.

  • I use a small amount of agave to act as the sweetener. A normal brownie recipe call anywhere from 1/2 cup to one cup of white sugar.
  • I use spelt flour instead of all purpose because their are numerous benefits and minerals found in spelt flour.
  • A scoop of chocolate protein powder gives this dessert a source of protein.
  • Cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate gives these brownies that rich chocolate taste.

All you need to do to make these sweet treats is combine all of the ingredients listed above in a mixer and blend until smooth. Next comes the fun part, add in your whatever topping you want. I like to add in walnuts and cocoa nibs for added flavor and crunch. You can add in vegan chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, pecans, whatever you prefer…make it your way! Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and you have a delicious and healthier alternative to a classic brownie.

If you decide on making these brownies, please post a picture and tag us! We would love to see your tasty creation! I hope everyone is staying cool and hydrated, enjoying their summer and most of all staying active. Remember, a one-hour workout is 4 percent of your day that will change 100% of your life!


Until next time,



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