I have been on The Virgin Diet – phase one since January 2013. Why, you may ask, have I not gone on to phase two and three? Because when I began introducing each food--eggs, dairy, sugar etc. I got sick. Then I had surgery mid-re-intro and couldn’t really go through that whole bothersome stage. It occurred to me, I like eating this way now. I’m perfectly happy with it. Why rock the boat? Eventually I will reintroduce one by one the foods that are forbidden, but for now, I don’t want to.
Importantly for me, I have discovered I can’t even eat animals/meat that consumes any of the dreaded Hi FI foods. I couldn’t understand at first why all my symptoms were returning. I’m a meat eater – two meals a day I must eat meat or I don’t feel as if I’ve really eaten. It took me awhile to discover that I had become lax in what meats I was buying and eating and sure enough – on a strict diet of fish (they don’t eat anything I can’t eat on The Virgin Diet) my symptoms went away, my stomach wasn’t all wonky, my allergy symptoms to include a 24/7 headache all went away.
So now I am far more careful once again about even the meats I consume.
In light of what I keep newly discovering nearly daily with regard to this diet, I wanted to write about an awesome sweet snack I make (since The Virgin Diet forbids any sugars or artificial sweeteners save pure stevia and Xylitol). It's a chocolate delight that completely satisfies my sweet tooth.
Let me clarify – these will be loose recipes as I don’t really measure. Measurements for this aren’t absolutely necessary anyway – this is to be made according to your taste.
Before we begin, it is always assumed that the ingredients I list have none of the High FI forbiddens which are: Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Eggs, Corn, Peanuts, Sugar including any artificial sweeteners. Also – I’m no chef. I’m a “natural” cook in that I often don’t measure anything – part of my Italian heritage I suppose. A pinch of this or that – taste it – one smidgeon more of that…ahhhh…that’s the way I like it…type of cook. So please bear that in mind with any recipe I share.
For those fellow chocoholics who must change their life and be on this healthy food regime, I have found a to-die for-truffle that's a snap to make I like to call:
Choco Coconut Balls 😉
Take approximately three heaping tablespoons (or more if you like) of either Almond Butter or Cashew butter or any of the non-forbidden nut butters you can find in your health food store. Place it into a medium sized bowl.
Next add a tiny helping of Stevia – I buy the Stevia pictured because it comes with it’s own unique measuring spoon. Use sparingly as too much Stevia can cause bitterness. Sweeten to taste.
Add a little Coconut milk – from the can as pictured. I find the very thick creamy canned coconut milk to be the best.
Optional: Almond extract/vanilla extract
Next I add Cocoa powder as pictured – you can buy this at any health food store, cocoa powder packaged by your local grocery retailer - or (unsweetened) cocoa you can buy at any grocery store. I go two parts Almond butter, to one part cocoa powder.
Add more cocoa powder to get the desired pasty consistency. Add more Coconut milk to get that creamy smooth consistency - all according to your taste.
Taste – if you want it nuttier, add more Almond butter, or almond extract if you want it sweeter, add more Stevia or Xylitol. Easy on the Xylitol as it will cause gas.
Stir until a pasty substance forms that you can the roll between two spoons (if you don’t want to do so with your hands) into coconut flakes for your coating. It’s OK for it to be a bit gooey because you’re going to refrigerate. Make them small - like the size of a piece of candy from a box.
I refrigerate for a few hours and then you will have these very rich, creamy delicious chocolate treats for yourself guilt free. Yummy! Enjoy!
Until next time – that’s my piece for today!
The Skinny On The Virgin Diet
The Skinny On The Virgin Diet Part II
The Skinny On the Virgin Diet Part III