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Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

These vegan and paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries are so adorable to look at, easy to make, and are a healthy, delicious dessert for Valentine’s Day or any occasion!

Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

For me, Valentine’s Day (or any occasion for that matter) is all about having a great meal instead of the dessert being the highlight of the celebration. So if I do want to enjoy something sweet, I prefer something small that I can eat in a bite or 2, and I created this recipe with exactly that in mind.

Today, I’m putting a twist on the classic chocolate covered strawberries by putting the chocolate INSIDE, and the result is these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries that may be just too adorable to eat. And best of all, the chocolate mousse is made with avocados, making this a healthy little treat though you’ll never know it.

Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed StrawberriesPaleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

You do need a piping bag to make this recipe, especially if you want to make it pretty with the chocolate peaks coming out of the strawberries. But if you don’t have one, you can try to stuff the strawberries with a small spoon or a knife, and then cover it up with toppings of your choice.

I used a combination of shredded coconut flakes, chopped almonds, chopped goji berries, and chocolate chips to top the stuffed strawberries, and they all turned out so cute and so yummy. I highly recommend using some kind of nuts, because that crunchy texture is SO GOOD with the creamy mousse and tart strawberries.

You can also make these a day ahead and then refrigerate until they are ready to eat. It’s a perfect easy, bite-sized treat if you need something sweet and yummy!

Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 20 stuffed strawberries (approximate)
Calories: 27 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These vegan and paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries are so adorable to look at, crazy easy to make, and are a healthy, delicious dessert for Valentine's Day or any occasion!

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Ingredients

Paleo Chocolate Mousse

Stuffed Strawberries

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • Optional toppings: coconut flakes, crushed nuts, chocolate chips, chopped dried fruits

Instructions

  1. Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh into a blender.

  2. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt to the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. 

  3. Refrigerate until ready to use. 

  4. Cut the bottom end of the strawberries where the stems are attached, so they can stand upright.

  5. Use a knife or kitchen shears to cut an X at the tips of the strawberries about 2/3 of the way down. 

  6. Place the chocolate mousse in a piping bag with a tip of your choice.

  7. Pipe the chocolate mousse into each strawberry. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings, if using.

  8. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Chocolate Mousse Stuffed Strawberries
Amount Per Serving (1 stuffed strawberry)
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 93mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 18.1%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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My Experience With Everlywell At-Home Food Sensitivity Test

Read on for my review of Everlywell at-home food sensitivity test, along with why I chose it, my results, and how it changed my diet!

For a few months now, I’ve been experiencing some unexpected digestive discomfort and bloating and I couldn’t figure out exactly why. With my IBS history, these things come and go depending on my stress level, but it felt more acute and longer lasting than usual. I immediately suspected some kind of a food sensitivity, so after doing some research, I decided to try out an at-home food sensitivity test called Everlywell.

Why Everlywell?

I wanted to choose a comprehensive at-home food sensitivity test that’s accurate, affordable, and provides detailed and easy to understand results. Everlywell checked all those boxes for me and I loved how quick their turnaround time is once you send in your sample.

Their test measures your body’s IgG immune response to 96 foods that are commonly found in western diets. Most traditional allergy tests measure just the IgE response, which only tests for an immediate response your body has to a food or a substance (typical allergy responses such as hives, swelling, difficulty breathing), missing out on subtle sensitivities your body may respond to long term.

This is why measuring the IgG response is much more accurate and comprehensive, since it can capture the less obvious and much delayed and long term reactions your body may have such as:

  • headaches and migraines
  • anxiety
  • digestive issues
  • autoimmune diseases
  • skin conditions
  • bloating
  • fatigue
  • joint pain

What is the process?

The process is actually surprisingly simple. Once you order your test, the kit is mailed to you and you can take the test right away. The instructions inside are easy to follow, but if there’s any confusion, they direct you to their site where they have detailed video tutorials on how to take the test.At-Home Food Sensitivity Test

First step is to register your kit online so you can receive updates about your shipping and test results. Then, to take the test, you clean your hand with an alcohol swab, prick your finger with the lancet in the kit, and squeeze out the blood on the blood collection card. It took about 5-7 drops to fill up the required amount. If you can’t handle the sight of blood, you may want someone to help with this process.

After the blood drops have dried completely, all you have to do is send it back in the prepaid and pre-labeled envelope that’s in the kit. Then you just wait for your results! I was honestly surprised at how easy the entire process is. Everything you need to do the test is in the kit, from alcohol pad, bandaids, gauze pad, biohazard bag, and more.

What were my results?

I received an email and a text alert that my test results were ready, about 1 week after the date I mailed out the completed kit. The results break down the 96 most commonly consumed foods in the western diet into 4 categories: Very High Reactivity, Moderate Reactivity, Mild Reactivity, and Low Reactivity. I didn’t have any foods that were in the Very High Reactivity group, probably because I actually do not consume many allergens in my everyday diet.

Keep in mind that if you don’t consume a specific food (gluten and dairy, for me), it won’t reveal in this test that you have a sensitivity to that food, because the antibodies that react to that food in your body won’t be present. This is why neither gluten nor dairy came up as highly reactive food for me.

If you want to make sure you are reacting to a certain type of food and you want it to show up on this test, make sure to consume that food within the week before you take the test. I already know that I feel crappy eating gluten and dairy, so I didn’t feel the need to test those foods and kept it out of my diet leading up to the test. So it’s really up to you if you want to test those foods out or not.

Now, the heartbreaking part:

I found out that the food I was most sensitive to in my current diet is eggs. If you’ve been following for a while, you know I’m obsessed with eggs and I eat it almost everyday. Honestly, this didn’t surprise me too much because if you consume one type of food on an everyday basis, it’s likely that you will become sensitive to that food. I just didn’t want it to be true.

This is especially true for anyone with a compromised immune system, and honestly, that’s most of us today living in this modern world surrounded by toxins in our food, cleaning products, and environment. So I highly recommend adding a variety of food into your diet and rotating them so you don’t consume one food every single day.

Now, for the mild reactivity foods:

As you can see, gluten and dairy are in this category even though I know I’m highly sensitive to them, because I haven’t consumed these foods (intentionally) in months. Had I eaten these foods in the recent weeks, they would have showed up in the Very High Reactivity group.

For the foods in this category, I think I’ll be reducing the amount that I consume instead of eliminating them altogether. For example, I eat quite of bit of almonds in milk and butter form, but I can start substituting with coconut milk and sunflower seed butter. I also eat ALOT of green beans (basically my favorite veggie), so I’ll probably reduce the amount that I eat them to once every 2 weeks or so. I will, however, do a complete elimination of eggs for several weeks to build up my tolerance to them.

It’s important to note that just because you are reactive to a certain type of food, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t eat it for the rest of your life. It may take a few weeks, months, or even years, but once your gut heals enough after not being exposed to an offending food for a long time, you may be able to reintroduce it back into your diet with success.

Things you should know before taking the Everlywell Food Sensitivities Test

At-Home Food Sensitivity Test

  • Just because you aren’t experiencing digestive issues, doesn’t mean you do not have food sensitivities. Symptoms can vary from: headaches, joint pain, fatigue, and skin problems. If you are experiencing any of these, it’s a great idea to take this test to find out how you can reduce those symptoms.
  • This is a blood sample test. You need to be comfortable with pricking your own finger then squeezing out the blood. Have someone help you if you have hard time seeing or dealing with blood in any way.
  • If you suspect that you have a sensitivity to a food, but you still want to be sure that you are, you have to eat that food several times within the week leading up to taking the test in order for it to show up. Your body needs to create the antibodies to that food, or the results won’t indicate that you are reactive to that food.
  • If the results come back showing that you are reactive to a food, the best course of action is to eliminate that food from your diet for several weeks.

Take the test yourself!

I hope this breakdown of my experience helped you. I’m honestly so glad that I took the test, because I would have never given up eggs on my own without being 100% sure that I was intolerant to them (I just love them TOO much!). It’s been several days without eggs and I actually feel less bloated than I have been for the past several months.

I also loved knowing about “Mild Reactivity” food items because I can start reducing those in my diet. If I keep eating those foods frequently without knowing, there’s a chance that I’ll become highly reactive to those foods as well. The test is such a great way to take control over your health, and it’s so empowering when you start feeling better with the choices you make in your diet.

Ready to take the test yourself?

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE EVERLYWELL FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST!
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Q&A Session: Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Hey friends! Today, I want to do something a little bit different and answer some common questions i receive about my career. I get contacted all the time from my readers about becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP, for short) and what that means exactly. There is a growing number of NTPs and NTCs (Nutritional Therapy Consultants) out there, which is amazing, and we are all doing our part to grow and expand the real food movement.

If you have any interest in becoming an NTP or NTC yourself, and you are curious about what it means and what you can do with the certification, I hope this post will help you!

Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)?

A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) is someone certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), by going through the 9-month online course (with in-person workshops) and passing the exams. The course teaches real food nutrition and our body’s physiological responses to various nutrients, while covering how the body functions, both anatomically and physiologically. The NTP curriculum teaches students a foundational approach to functional, holistic nutrition.

The NTA focuses on bio-individuality, the concept that there is no one diet that works for everyone. We all have unique nutritional needs, depending on our genes, gut microbiome, our activity level, health history, stress, sleep, metabolism, blood type and the list goes on.

By the end of the program, I felt that I had enough knowledge on how to support the body so it can heal and balance itself, by focusing on the core foundations of health that the NTA teaches.

What is a Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC)?

An NTC goes through the same training that an NTP goes through, but without the hands-on Functional Evaluation (FE) and physical tests included in the NTP course. Because of this, the NTC program costs less and there are also reduced course materials. Also, there is only 1 in-person workshop for NTCs, while there are 3 for NTPs.

While I don’t use Functional Evaluation in my practice, I’m so glad I’m familiar with it, because I ended up gaining so much knowledge about how our body works and the tests are really fun and fascinating to learn about. They are an incredibly powerful tool that can tell you so much about your client’s health and nutrient deficiencies.

Have you gone through any other programs and how were they different?

I went through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), based in New York. This is a popular school and you may have heard of it if you have ever have looked into getting a nutrition certification. While it provided a good base for nutritional knowledge, I didn’t gain an in-depth learning about how food impacts our body and its physiological responses. Instead, the IIN teaching mostly focused on the different diets out there, the importance of bio-individual nutrition, and how to start your own business.

While those are important to learn about, I did not feel ready or confident enough afterwards to start working with clients. To be completely honest, I felt that the program was a bit overpriced for the quality of material.

I also considered the Bauman College, because I heard great things about about their program. However, I decided to go with the NTP program because the price was more reasonable for me, and I liked that they required in-person workshops so I can meet my classmates.

How is the NTA course material set up? 

Most of the course is online. Each week, you go through a module of various topics, which consists of reading materials, videos, audio files, and short and long essay questions you answer through the student portal. You also have group calls with your instructor and classmates each week where you can ask questions and talk about that week’s module. These calls were super helpful for me in clearing up any confusion I had that week about what I learned.

For NTPs, there are 3 in-person workshops that are mandatory. When you first register, you pick the location for the workshop that’s the closest to you. Mine was in Sacramento when I lived in the Bay Area. These weekend-long workshops are when you really learn how to do the Functional Evaluations and learn the course materials in-depth. The midterm and the final exams are also held during these workshops.

There is only 1 in-person workshop for NTCs, where you learn the client consultation process and review the course materials.

How many hours of school work can I expect?

It really depends on the module, but I think I spent about 10-15 hours depending on the workload. I worked full-time for most of the program, and many of my classmates did as well. So it’s definitely do-able to go through the program while working full-time.

What are the in-person workshops like?

For me, the workshops were really intense but so wonderful because that’s when you learn SO MUCH from the instructors and the group leaders. They provide all the amazing nuggets on how to practically apply everything you learned when working with a client, along with their in-depth knowledge of the the course materials.

It’s also really amazing getting to meet your classmates during the workshops. Even though you only meet for 3 weekends, you get to form strong friendships that continue even after you graduate. Most of the time, the people there have decided to become students after having some personal experience of healing their body with the power of real food. This connection alone is incredibly powerful because you can relate to each other and share a similar view when it comes to nutrition. I still keep in touch with my former classmates today, and I turn to them first when I need help with my practice and business.

Do you receive continuous support from Nutritional Therapy Association after graduating? 

Absolutely! There is a very active group for NTA graduates where you can ask questions when you need help with clients, supplements, and/or nutritional protocols, and you’ll be flooded with helpful tips and wisdom every time.

In addition, the NTA requires you to turn in 24 continuing education units (CEUs) every 2 years to hold your certification, to make sure that you are continuously educating yourself and growing as a practitioner. You can learn more about CEUs here.

Were you trained on how to start your own business during the course?

One of the last modules of the program was dedicated to learning all about starting your own business as a Nutritional Therapist, which was extremely helpful. The in-person workshops were also a place where we had a chance to ask questions to our instructors and group leaders about how they started their business, and I learned from them the most.

Did you feel confident taking on clients after you were certified?

Yes! The NTA really focuses on the step-by-step process of how to work with a client, from the initial consultation to nutritional recommendations. You also get to practice the entire process with your classmates, as well as your friends or family, so by the time you graduate, you are familiar and comfortable talking to clients and working with them.

Can I start seeing clients right after becoming a certified NTP or NTC?

It depends on where you live and your state laws. Most states allow NTPs and NTCs to practice, but some states require additional certifications if you want to provide nutrition counseling. I suggest you research your state to check to see if you have any limitations with opening up your own practice.

What can you do with the knowledge after you graduate?

The possibilities are endless! You don’t always have to do one-on-one nutrition consultations. Graduated NTPs and NTCs have SO MANY different jobs that I’m always in awe of their accomplishments.

There are many alumni who became students just to be more knowledgable about health and nutrition, and to learn how to feed their family in the best way. Others, like me, are bloggers who educate through healthy recipes and nutrition articles.

The RESTART program is a sugar detox program that another NTP created, and NTPs and NTCs can become instructors and start teaching small group classes. I’m actually one of the instructors and it has helped tremendously in getting my name out there and growing my practice.

Some have gone to create health food products, supplements, and essential oils. Others have written books and created online courses. Many actually created programs and courses FOR other NTPs and NTCs to help them grown their businesses.

There are so many paths you can take once you graduate, and it opens you up for further certifications, workshops, and even board positions.


I hope this was helpful! If you haven any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. I’m always excited to talk about how I currently have a job that I absolutely love and am so passionate about.

If you want to learn more about the program and are interested in becoming an NTP or NTC yourself, CLICK HERE.

Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner