Want Chocolate, Have Kale

So for the last couple of weeks, I have been hoisting myself back up on the vegan bandwagon. I’ve also slashed my caffeine intake by 75% (I’m guessing).  I’m feeling so much better already. I feel less bloated, and I’m down about 5 pounds. I gained some weight when I was living in the extended stay and eating a lot of processed food and dairy. Those pounds came off fast once I switched over to mostly vegan.

When I started making the transition, I went back and read a lot of my old blog posts from last year’s vegan challenge. I learned a lot by reading those posts. First, I found some vegan recipes that I could quickly get back on board with. Second, I learned that I went through a lot of possible detoxing. I broke out all over my face, I had massive food cravings, and there was a time when my yoga classes generally stunk.

And guess what? It’s not really that different this time around.

I have already had a massive breakout down one side of my face.

Classes have gotten awful. Just truly awful. The other day, I set up in the swamp portion of the studio next to a yoga buddy who is doing a 30-day challenge. I was there to support her, but I think she ended up supporting me! I had one of those classes where I was sweating buckets and no one else seemed to be sweating at all. Yuck.

I Love Cheese. Cheese Loves Me.

I Love Cheese. Cheese Loves Me.

Finally, the food cravings have kicked in. Last time around I craved cheese. And I will be honest here, I do not miss meat at all but on a vegan diet I miss the heck out of cheese. I’m not talking about craving it (which happens) but truly missing it. Cheese and I are in serious love. I do feel better when I let it go, but I will always, always love it.

This time around though it’s not cheese I crave. Though the cheese cravings have popped up once or twice, they are minimal and easy to handle. Maybe because I went through that tunnel already. I know it’s not a big deal and the cravings will pass.

You know what I want in massive quantities this time as I transition back in to vegan? Chocolate. Massive, massive amounts of chocolate in any form. But, because I am good when I go to the store, I often have zero amounts of chocolate in my house. The other day I experienced a major chocolate attack. I had no chocolate. Know what I had?


Are you serious? KALE?????? I need chocolate and all I have is kale? I suck at grocery shopping.

Not really. Ok kinda.

It was late, and the weather was awful. The nearest chocolate source was about three miles down the road. I was too lazy to travel three miles in the cold for chocolate. So I busted out the kale.

For whatever reason, I had recently done an impulse buy of Zesty Nacho Kale Chips from Rhythm Superfood. My impulse buys are clearly not normal. I will work on that.

But these kale chips? Seriously delicious. It took me a couple to get used to them. But seeing as how I paid about 4.00 for the bag, there was no way I wasn’t going to be eating those chips. They are vegan, they have a bit of a cheesy taste to them, and I eventually forgot all about the chocolate. I do recommend them if you see them in the store. Maybe they can be a planned purchase for you and then you can use your impulse buy to get chocolate which you can then send to me. Trust me, I’ll still want it.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. naia
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 19:07:16

    i completely understand your craving for chocolate.
    i have been eating almost all vegan now for a while except for chocolate.
    what i found to make that is really easy and tastes really good is raw vegan chocolate mousse. it’s just 2 avacados, 1/2 cup of organic cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of agave sweetener. you just blend it all together and let it sit in the fridge.
    i’ve tried adding a few different things to it including frozen blueberries and bananas. it is really yummy!!


  2. Jana @ Bananas for Balance
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 19:22:37

    Hi there! Popping in from the SITS and wanted to say hi 🙂 I’ve been vegan at points too so totally understand the cravings but you’ll find alternatives in time! Try nutritional yeast for cheese or if it’s dairy upsetting your stomach, Cabot has an extra sharp cheddar with no lactose too…


    • leighahall
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 16:43:51

      Thanks Jana! I’ve tried nutritional yeast and have been able to make it work for me. I love cheese but I just feel so much better when I don’t eat it.


  3. loribruner
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 22:14:51

    You know, both Silk and Almond Breeze make dark chocolate almond milk! It’s easy to find – I’ve bought it at both Kroger and Meijer!

    Also, Rice Dream makes chocolate bars, which I’ve also found at Kroger! 🙂 (http://www.tastethedream.com/products/category/493.php)


    • leighahall
      Jan 23, 2014 @ 16:46:02

      I love almond milk, but I didn’t know there was a dark chocolate version! Will have to look into it. Thanks. Those chocolate bars also sound like they are worth a shot.


  4. Debra
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 18:05:32

    I’ve never tried kale chips. Right now I am acquiring a taste for soy nuts. But I will have to try kale chips at some point. But lets face it, chocolate rules. 🙂


  5. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 13:24:04

    Want Chocolate, Have Kale http://t.co/b2vzUrtHuu #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag


  6. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Dec 08, 2014 @ 10:44:22

    Want Chocolate, Have Kale http://t.co/zRwawcv3P5 #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag


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