Chasing NPC Bikini: Recipes that Tempt me to Cheat


There are 3 essential elements to reaching your fitness goals:

Mindset is about 90% of the battle. And the 2 things my mind battles the most… NEGATIVITY and FOOD. Negativity is that little voice that whispers self-doubt in your ear. Food, well that’s a given. This diet is hard. No matter what phase we’re in, it’s always hard. There are always temptations.

As new temptations present themselves, I find it quite interesting to see which foods cause me to struggle the most. What I’ve found is that I’m attracted to food that’s clean and healthy. I think it’s because that little voice tries to tell me that it’s not really cheating to eat a berry or a nut, or some little sugar-free, organic morsel. But right now, for my specific goals, anything that is not on my “what to eat” list is a cheat… even if it’s just a couple of almonds. Every bite counts.

However,  I would enjoy knowing that someone is enjoying some healthy treats, so here are a few recipes I’ve made recently that can NOT be kept in my house while I’m on prep.


The protein balls I made for a neighborhood potluck were a huge hit (AND they include the IDLife SHAKE, which I also sell – good for business). They are gluten free. My kids love them. And they are a good energy booster. (in the picture you’ll see I used the Kids Shake, but you can use the regular SHAKE in either vanilla or chocolate… they all taste great!)

The Paleo Bars recipe came from a friend who’s child battles severe food allergies. She and I both make them for our sons that run cross country and you’ll see why they make perfectly natural energy bars.

You can bet we’ll be making more of all of these once my prep is over!



  •  1 scoop IDLife vanilla (or chocolate) SHAKE
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • ½ cup cashews (raw/unsalted)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (organic dark chocolate), optional


  1. Process the cashews and oats together in a food processor until there are no big pieces left.
  2. Add in the agave nectar and the vanilla extract and pulse briefly to mix together. The ‘dough’ will be slightly clumpy. Stir in the chocolate chips to combine.
  3. Scoop out the mixture with a spoon and roll into small balls by hand, the mixture will be slightly sticky and will hold shape.
  4. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.




  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup organic honey
  • 3 scoops IDLife SHAKE (vanilla or chocolate)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together
  1. Scoop out the mixture with a spoon and roll into small balls by hand
  1. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.




Version 1 – FIG

  • 1 cup shelled raw walnut pieces
  • 1 cup diced natural dried figs
  • freshly grated cinnamon, to taste
  • olive or coconut oil

Version 2 – Pineapple/Apricot

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup natural dried pineapple
  • 1 cup natural dried apricots
  • freshly grated cinnamon, to taste
  • olive or coconut oil


  1. Pulverize nuts in food processor until powdery
  2. Add dried fruit and grind to a paste; stopping to scrape sides as needed
  3. Add cinnamon to taste, mixing by hand
  4. Press into shallow glass baking dish
  5. Pat to even thickness
  6. Cover with plastic, then place heavy plate or pan on top to weigh down
  7. Refrigerate 1 hour
  8. Dab oil onto paper towel and rub onto butter knife, then cut into squares

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I’ll wrap this up with a progress picture as I’m encouraged to see some ab’s trying to emerge.  As of tomorrow we are 4 weeks out!


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