IMG_7887As some of you know, I’ve been doing an 8 week challenge since the end of January, which is all clean eating and a complete body detox, from things like refined foods, sugar and caffeine, to name a few. One of my new years goals is to loose weight. I feel like this has been a resolution as long as I can remember. But this year…it’s different. This year, I loose it…FOR GOOD.

You see over the past 5 years, I’ve been pregnant 3 times (and had 3 beautiful babies). But with each pregnancy, I gained 60 lbs! You read that right…60 POUNDS! You see, I had this crazy belief before I was ever pregnant, that when a woman gets pregnant, she should just eat whatever she wants because that’s the only time in her life that she will ever really be able to get away with it. I obviously wasn’t sure how my body would behave when I would get pregnant…

Would I be nauseous all the time?
Would I not want to eat certain foods?
Would I crave weird things? 

Well those answers came with my first pregnancy and I was quite surprised by them. I wasn’t sick…at all. Never, actually, with all three of my pregnancies. I am lucky, in that sense (although I had all other kinds of complications with 2 of my pregnancies that I’ll share about some other time). The smell of mint gum bothered my nose from time to time with my first pregnancy but really, that was as far as food repulsion’s went. To my surprise, I started craving all kinds of fatty foods. I wanted creamy pasta with sausages (my husband was elated when I requested that…his fave!). I ate entire bags of chips and full tubs of ice cream. And the worst one…I fell in love with BigMac’s. Let me tell you…I think I had one every single week of my first pregnancy, possibly more. I was obsessed with those (I never liked them before). And with each craving, I gave in, because after all, when else would I ever be “allowed” to get away with eating like that.

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 Well, the problem with that kind of thinking, paired with doing that THREE times in FIVE years was that in end, I was left addicted to all those foods and my body was fully paying the price for all the damage I had put it through. And by the time the 3rd kid comes around, you have no time or energy to put towards yourself! It’s survival most days and whatever you can shove into your mouth, you do (at least in my experience). Along with all the transitions we went through in 2014 and with my dealing with postpartum depression, I had very little motivation to change my eating habits. In fact, I lost about 30 lbs post-pregnancy (just naturally) and then put 20 of the lbs back on! Unbelievable! 

So needless to say, it’s time for a change. It’s time for me to treat this body with some respect. Cause you see, I lost respect for my body these past 5 years. I thought I could just eat whatever I wanted and that my body would just bounce back. Well, it didn’t and I’ve paid the price for those poor decisions. I’ve never felt worse in my life, physically speaking. I ached all over, had the worst heartburn constantly and don’t get me started on what was happening with my bowels…it wasn’t pretty. I kept thinking “I’m too young to feel this way. I have three active kids that I need and want to keep up with!” Not only that, I want to in-still good and healthy eating habits for my kids, at a young age. So, it’s time for change.

Enter the 8 week challenge. This has honestly been LIFE CHANGING and it’s only been 12 days. I am completely shocked that I was able to give up coffee with almost ZERO withdrawal symptoms. I had a few headaches but nothing too severe. I have more and more energy everyday, the heartburn is completely gone and the bowels are much happier! 

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I will talk more about the challenge, detailing what it’s all about and how you can take the challenge in another post. But for now, I want to talk briefly about the foods I’ve been eating the past 2 weeks. I’m SHOCKED at how GOOD most of these foods are! And it’s even more exciting when you love how it tastes and know that your body is loving how it FEELS! That’s huge! I NEVER thought I would be able to get off sugar…especially after the last 5 years. But with making easy changes, I’m honestly so impressed with the results. The two founders of the 8 week challenge, Bonnie & Briar, are amazing and have come up with a cookbook that has over 80 clean and sugar free (processed) recipes! I will be sharing some of them in the weeks to come. You will want to stay tuned for Stuffed Chicken Bruschetta…let me tell you…it’s the best chicken I’ve ever made. You won’t want to miss that one so make sure to subscribe to our newsletter, if you haven’t already!

So let’s get to the goods of this post! The Chocolate Coconut Balls. OH. MY.GOODNESS! Let me tell you something, you THINK you need that chocolate bar…but if you were to substitute it for these, you would never know the difference! And it’s all GOOD FOR YOU! These little balls of heaven are life changing! No joke! Even my hubby agrees. They are SO rich and satisfying, so smooth and velvety. They will fix your chocolate crave guaranteed! I honestly wish I had known about these when I was pregnant. I think these will be a new staple in our home for the rest of our lives! That’s how good they are! And I don’t want to share them with the kids! I hide behind the fridge doors when I want to eat them! Lol! Here’s the recipe! Try them today, you’ll be glad you did!

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Chocolate Coconut Balls
Yields 25
These little bites of heaven will satisfy you're chocolateist craving! When they are also good for you, good luck sticking to your serving size!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups of walnuts or almonds (I prefer walnuts)
  2. 3/4 cup of dates (packed & pitted)
  3. 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut, finely shredded
  4. 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Blend nuts and dates in a food processor until crumbly. Add in coconut and cocoa and pulse until combined. Roll into small balls, between your palms. Let them set for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before eating. Store in refrigerator afterwards. Enjoy!
  2. Serving size: women: 2-3 balls, men 3-4 balls
Notes
  1. - Make sure to get the packed and pitted dates. If you shop at Presidents Choice stores, in the baking aisle, they have No Name packed and pitted dates. They aren't cheap, but they are worth every penny! They even sell a two-pack to save some money.
  2. - Also, for an extra chocolate taste, roll the balls in some extra cocoa at the end. Remember, cocoa on it's own is NOT sweet, so don't lick your fingers after you've rolled them! (I made that mistake!)
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24 Comments on Chocolate Coconut Balls

  1. Brittany Bergman
    May 8, 2015 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    Good for you and congrats on your progress so far! It’s amazing what a good sugar detox will do for your body. And thanks for sharing this recipe — it looks delicious!! I’ve been struggling to eat as healthy as I normally do in my first trimester, but I’m so thankful to have not been super sick. My biggest aversion is to meat, though, and I’ve been craving fried foods. It’s a battle to make good choices, but I’m trying to stick to my routine as much as I can (and to give myself grace when I can’t even look at another piece of chicken!).

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    • Christine
      May 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Funny what pregnancy will do to you, eh?! But good for you for trying to stay healthy! That was such a struggle for me! Best of luck Brittany! xox

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  2. Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations
    May 8, 2015 at 9:58 am (2 years ago)

    These sound really delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, and thanks for sharing your story! Good luck on the rear of your journey.

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    • Christine
      May 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

      They are so good! Let me know how you like them! And thank you Justine! xox

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  3. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    May 8, 2015 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    These ingredients could not be more awesome!! Love love love them all 🙂 Can’t wait to try these – I have all the ingredients at home!

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    • Christine
      May 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Quick, easy and delicious! Let me know how you like them Sam! xox

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  4. annabelt - geeks diet
    May 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I was similar with my pregnancies: weight went up and down by huge amounts (then up again, sadly!). These look like fantastic little treats though – pinned to make later 🙂

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    • Christine
      May 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks and let me know how they turn out for you! xox

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  5. Sandy
    May 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your story! I am on a similar journey and it is so nice to know I am not alone. Great recipe too, it looks amazing!

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:36 am (2 years ago)

      My pleasure Sandy! I’m cheering you on your journey as well! Hope this recipe brings a little added comfort and enjoyment! xox

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  6. Jessica H.
    May 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats on your journey and good luck with the rest of your goals. These look so delicious! I’ll definitely be saving this recipe to make them since I wouldn’t mind eating a little better with Summer on its way!

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:36 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Jessica! Let me know how they turn out for you! xox

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  7. jessica
    May 8, 2015 at 11:48 pm (2 years ago)

    YUMMY! everytime I click on your blog you make me hungry! I love a good healthy snack! I am nota real junk eater and these look so simple to make. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

      So funny Jess! And yes, they are SO simple! I’m heading to make some now! xox

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  8. Tara Brelinsky
    May 8, 2015 at 11:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Good for you. The least amount I ever gained in a pregnancy was 36 lbs, but my average is 50lbs and I’ve been prego A LOT (I have 8 living kiddos). Anyway, I am definitely a sugar addict and now that I’m over 40 I’m noticing my body isn’t dropping the weight like it used to. I will definitely give these a try. They look amazing.

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

      8 KIDS?! Wow! Good for you momma! And let me know how you like them! xox

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  9. Lisa
    May 9, 2015 at 12:08 am (2 years ago)

    Wow they sound delicious! I love dates – and they’re so sweet you don’t want too many. I’ll have to give these a try.

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

      They truly are! Let me know how you like them! Thanks fro stopping by Lisa! xox

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  10. claire
    May 9, 2015 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

    ooooo these look nice! I should really get more creative, apart from a sponge cake I never bake anymore!

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

      I guess I could rename these are no-bake balls…they are just so easy to make! Enjoy! xox

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  11. Nicole Keener
    May 9, 2015 at 10:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Coconut and Chocolate?! Count me in. Both of these combined and I am in heaven!

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    • Christine
      May 10, 2015 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

      Right?! So good! I guarantee you will love them and keep coming back for more! xox

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  12. leah herring
    May 11, 2015 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

    These look amazing! We eat Lara bars daily and this recipe reminds me of them. With the amount we spend on them monthly, I am going to have to try these!

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    • Christine
      May 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

      You know, it’s basically the same as the chocolate coconut Lara bar…but actually better! And as you say, WAYYYY cheaper! xox

      Reply

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