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Avocado Brownies

Gentry Dove

 

Here is an amazing recipe for a gluten-free, healthier brownie that will satisfy your cravings while leaving you feeling shame-free.

 

INGREDIENTS

300g Dark Chocolate 

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

2-4 hass Avocados, pitted & peeled

1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup less 1 Tbsp. Coconut Flour

 

FROSTING

1 medium hass Avocado, pitted & peeled

3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

3 Tbsp Maple Syrup 

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or line the base and sides of a 8x8 baking dish.

Place the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and set over simmering water, without it touching the water.

Stir chocolate until smooth and then remove from heat and set aside.

 

Place avocados into a food processor or blend until smooth. 

Stir the avocado, honey and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate. 

Next add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each is well mixed before adding the next.

 

Stir in the coconut flour and cocoa powder until the batter is smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread to cover and fill the corners.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top is firm to the touch.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

FROSTING

Blend avocado.

Mix all ingredients together.

Once brownies are cooled, add frosting on top.

 

 

StongBody Mom-Stacey

Alydia Bryant

Meet Stacey, one of our amazing StrongBody moms!

"StrongBody is more than a 4 to 8 week challenge for me, it's a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. 

For several years now, I've enjoyed working out and going to the gym but have struggled to make real gains. Through StrongBody, I have not only gotten stronger but I've learned about better nutrition and have become smarter about the way I exercise. No more long boring sessions of cardio with the hopes of developing a "strong body". 

I've learned to make better use of my time in the gym and how to get better results in less time. Who doesn't want that? 

Equally as important to me are the friends I've made through StrongBody. We are a group of moms who show up nearly everyday supporting each other in fitness and in life. We laugh, we learn, and we challenge one another each and everyday. Did I mention we laugh; boy do we laugh! 

Often times the hour I spend with my StrongBody ladies is the best hour of my day. I leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenge during the day.

If you're looking for a fun, yet challenging and non-intimidating way to get healthy and achieve your fitness goals, commit to StrongBody. I promise you won't regret it!"

If you are interested in StrongBody head on over to torquestrong.com/strongbody to fill out an inquiry or to learn more! Classes are offered at 6am, 8:30am, and 6:30pm.

 

 

Take The Step-Sean Archulet

Alydia Bryant

I think as a fitness professional it is easy to take for granted how natural training feels, how common intensity seems, and how comfortable I am within the exercise world. As I step back however, I quickly realize that most people are not only uncomfortable in the "Gym World," but they are down right terrified of it. There are too many factors to name that might contribute to this fear, so I am going to touch on three of them in this post and offer some advice and hopefully some encouragement as well.

1. "Everyone at the gym is already in great shape and I will stick out like a sore thumb."

The reality is that many people at fitness facilities all over the world are in great shape, but an even truer reality is that most of these people didn't start off that way. Everyone's journey to health and fitness is different, but they all start the same way, with taking that first step in. It might be trying a new class, hiring a trainer for one session to see if you like it, or just coming in to talk to someone. Whatever the reason is, chances are that most people will see you and remember their first step in. After all, if everyone was already in great shape would we even need training bars, bands, or lighter weights? Think about it.

2. "I can't do any of that stuff I see people doing in those classes."

Sadly most people will never take their first step because they see one guy deadlifting 500 lbs. or a female doing pull-up after pull-up and they think to themselves "I'll never get there so what's the point in trying?" I myself see people walking down the sidewalk all the time during a class I'm teaching, their eyes wide with amazement and they automatically write it off as impossible. What most people don't realize is that 90% of our job as trainers and coaches is modifying exercises for people. Most people don't have a perfect push-up or they are unable to squat properly due to poor mobility or injury. Don't let that stop you. Most people in the classes I teach had to work through a detailed series of progressions over several weeks to get from point A to point B, they didn't walk through the doors knowing everything. We can modify nearly anything, just give it a shot.

3. "I don't want to hurt myself."

Of the 3 reasons I have listed here, this is the most legitimate reason for not being comfortable in the gym. In all honesty if you don't know what you are doing you probably will get hurt and we definitely don't want that. While I can't speak for all fitness facilities and private training teams, at TorqueStrong every single trainer puts safety and proper form as their top priorities. Hiring a trainer is always a great idea especially if you are just starting out. A trainer can teach you proper form and intensity and make sure that you are reaching your goals instead of wasting precious time in the gym. Obviously private training isn't free, but if you are going to invest in something, shouldn't it be in your health?

Don't let fear stop you. Take that first step and stick with it. I promise you'll be glad that you did!

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