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Oh, you’re in for a treat. Figuratively and literally.

This is an easy recipe. Five ingredients! Need I say more?

Ingredients:

-6 ounces best-quality solid semisweet (58%) chocolate
-One 14-ounce bag sweetened coconut
-Zest of 1 orange
-1 cup sugar
-3 large egg whites

Before you start:
Position a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

1. Using a serrated bread knife, finely chop the chocolate. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the coconut and zest, and rub together with your hands. (This will break up the coconut and release the orange oils).
3. Stir in the sugar and chocolate to the coconut and mix to combine. Add the egg whites. Use your hands to mix until everything is coated and the egg whites are distributed evenly.
4. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, firmly pack the dough into the schoop and unmold about 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cookies are goldeb brown. remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

The cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days, or freeze well wrapped in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil for up to 3 weeks. Do not unwrap before defrosting.

I love these three flavors together. Although my macaroons turned out a bit dry (I think I may have put in too much coconut or baked them for too long), they were still delicious! Enjoy!

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Eating right and exercising while traveling or on vacation is never easy. But somehow, I managed to eat well and work out regularly while on a business trip in Kansas City. I even went 5 days with no desserts, and I squeezed in a decent work out 4 days in a row.

But all good things must come to an end.

Case and point: This is what yesterday looked like…

1) The day started out promising, with a fruit salad and Odwall chocolate chip trail mix bar for breakfast.

2) Then there was time to kill at the airport, so a tall Mocha was ordered at Starbucks. Ok. Fine.

3) Then there was grabbing a lunch to take on the plain. Alright, not a lot of options, so I settled on a huge Everything bagel with egg and tomato slices. Not the best, but not a big deal. Yet.

4) Starving and exhausted, I arrived in Austin. I suggested Happy Hour to Lucas, so we went to Z’Tejas. This is where things got really ugly. We each had a frozen margarita and split chips & queso, a plate of shredded pork nachos, and the famous ancho chili fudge pie. With whipped cream. And ice cream.

Oh, we enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. But it’s always the aftermath that gets you. I waddled out of the restaurant like a pregnant lady, I could barely move! We went to bed feeling disgusted, and both of us woke up in the night with stomach aches. Never again! (Yeah right….)

This morning called for detox.

Breakfast: Fresh juice (carrots, apple, orange, celery) and later a bowl of oatmeal mixed with carrot pulp.
Lunch: Salad greens with brown rice and sunflower seeds, tossed in olive oil
Dinner: We’re hanging out with Jill on her last night before she leaves for San Diego, so we kept it simple with ham & cheese sandwiches and chips.

Green heart:
-I took the Airport Flyer (bus) to and from the airport.
-I brought a set of silverware and a cloth napkin to use while traveling.

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