Eating clean, minimally-processed food is important no matter your fitness goals – from losing weight, to gaining muscle, to preventing illness, to maintaining your health.  Filling up on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, lean meat and fish means you’re loading your body up with tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. You’ll feel more energetic, get more done, think more clearly and perform better in your BodyCombat® class.

 

And what’s arguably more important, is what you’re NOT eating when you focus on whole foods. You can say sayonara to chemicals, unhealthy or trans fats, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), artificial colors and sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and tons of other toxic ingredients.

 

Since moderation is key and no holiday complete without a few special treats, we’ve pulled together three delicious clean eats for your holiday hang outs. Remember: they are still treats, just without all the not-so-nice chemicals! Happy Holidays!

 

Ferrero Rocher Bliss Balls

 

What you need:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 12 Medjool dates, seeds removed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut extract
  • pinch of salt

 

What you do:

  • Heat the hazelnut meal in a frypan over medium heat stirring continuously for 3 – 4 minutes or until golden. Pour the meal into your food processor.
  • Add everything else and blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a fine, sticky crumb.
  • Shape into balls and place the balls in the fridge to set.

 

Keto Brownie Bites

 

What you need:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flower
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 What you do:

  1. Process walnuts in a food processor or until finely ground.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, nut butter, vanilla, and sweetener until well combined to form a batter.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of coconut flour to bind everything if needed. If you add too much coconut flour, just add a splash of non-dairy milk.
  4. Pulse in the chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough between the palms of your hand to form small balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10-20 minutes or until firm.

 

Avocado Chocolate Mousse: 

 

What you need:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chips
  •  2 large ripe avocados 
  •  3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  1/4 cup vanilla almond milk  
  •  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  •  1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

 

What you do:

  • Microwave chocolate chips in 15-second bursts, stirring between each and watching carefully so that the chocolate does not burn.
  • Remove when chocolate is almost melted and continue to stir until smooth. 
  • Scoop the avocado into a food processor with a steel blade.
  • Add the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt and blend until very smooth and creamy.

Refrigerate until well chilled, 2 hours or overnight. Serve topped with raspberries, cream, and chocolate shavings.