Warm N’ Spicy Chocolate Cacao



You may NOT ask me a question!

Even if you think my husband looks like Tony Soprano [<—he really doesn’t] and we’re breakin’ your heart.

I finally gave in and let you give me a sample though. Maybe one of these days I will find out what the question is that you want to ask me?

^[I am hoping someone out there understands this nonsense]

I’ve officially switched from my summer color to my fall/winter color. Reluctantly.

My favorite self tanner has totally gone all wrong. It used to go on smooth and pretty, now there are blotches and spots no matter how much I shake it up. So rude. I am embracing the pale for now until I find one that is not annoying to put on.I guess

I live close enough to  Jersey to justify my love for cheesy fake tans {<–don’t judge the overly fake baked. PS I miss my long hair] and leopard print items.

Like my new infinity scarf:

Jewelbilee has 500,000 scarves and they are all $15.00 and I was so overwhelmed I may have to go back and get some more that I loved!


Today let’s enjoy a lovely dessert beverage….




Spicy Hot Chocolate Cacao

© The Fitness Dish

Adapted from here:

-1 1/2 T raw cacao [or unsweetened cocoa powder]

-1/2 T carob powder [optional]

-10 ounces of unsweetened vanilla Tempt hemp milk [or dairy-free milk of choice]

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

-pinch of nutmeg

-2-3 drops of liquid stevia [or 1-2 tsp of maple syrup or your sweetener of choice]

optional and  worth it…top with 1-2 sliced up jumbo marshmallows or minis


Place milk and all of the chocolate  in a saucepan and whisk. Add vanilla, spices and sweetener and continue to whisk frequently until it’s steaming.




Yesterday I tried my friend, Melissa’s HIIT workout! I love trying other peoples workouts, especially when they are similar to mine! I read it wrong though. I did 20 rounds of 50 second intervals with 10 seconds rest. My second set of jump lunges were for jelly legs. Dive bombers are still super awkward for me. I did decline push ups on the second set just to get some reps because I was struggling with the bombers. I followed the HIIT workout with 2 miles on my elliptical, stretched and outty.

Speaking of workouts: Are you guys enjoying my Friday 5 workout posts instead of my old random Friday 5 topics???



I am talking all about something I rarely talk about on the blog today at Fit with Flair! My business. <–Go learn about how I’ve evolved and adapted since starting my personal training business in 2004!



Do you switch your makeup colors in the summer and winter?

Have you ever been asked “the question” in the mall? What the heck is it???

What’s your favorite dessert beverage?






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  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Yayyyy for jersey style 🙂 I love my self tanner…I can’t help it!

    November 10, 2011 at 8:59 am
    • Reply laury

      love it!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Mmmm I’m totally craving some hot chocolate now! I’d have to say my fave dessert beverage is hot chocolate with a bit of peppermint extract in it (or Baileys… I’m partial to both.) 😉

    November 10, 2011 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Lisa

    I was just thinking I need to go to my winter makeup—it’s necessary for me—I have olive toned skin and I swear it’s totally different in the winter!
    I haven’t used self-tan on my face, but I do love the bronzer 🙂

    I want hot cocoa!

    November 10, 2011 at 10:11 am
    • Reply laury

      I use the fake bake for the face and it’s pretty good. I don’t always remember to use it and now that my body doesn’t match it just looks funny!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I am always looking for new workouts, so share all you can about yours!! Not too mention, it kinda feels like you are training me half the time 🙂
    And I adore circle scarfs!! I have a white one that I literally wear almost everyday, but I’d love a few more!!

    November 10, 2011 at 10:49 am
    • Reply laury

      awww you’re too sweet 🙂

      I need to get more too!! I should get a white one hmmmm…

      November 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Ari@The Diva Dish

    I usually tend to apply MORE makeup in the winter, because I am whiter lol, so I need to make sure I look nice and tan…and fake hahah 🙂
    I love your workouts! I need ALL the help I can get!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:02 am
    • Reply laury

      Me too!!!!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    Winter has finally arrived in Chicago! That hot cocoa sounds perfect right now! I’ve been on a hot tea kick but I’ll have to switch it up a bit!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am
    • Reply laury

      I had chai tea the other night…soo good!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Marian

    Your skin always looks glowing to me, in summer or winter. I used to fake tan all the time until my husband complained of the smell, and I started getting tired of tanning my sheets:) Have a blessed Thursday<3

    November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, that’s too sweet!

      Ugh, I know what you mean. We turned my mattress and this is gross but my side had the self tanner stain. I was like…eekkk!!!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Eschelle

    I love hot chocolate with a little KICK it is amazing just how good it really is until you finally try it! EVERYONE TRY IT! It is a taste bud delight i promise!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply laury

      It sure it 🙂

      November 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Are you kidding me with the scarf link?!?! I am a scarf whore and now I’m about to a poor scarf whore. Can I say that in your comments…?

    November 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      You can say whatever the heck you want in my comments section 🙂

      I know…I am about to be a poor scarf hoarder I need to stay away!

      November 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply jen

    i rock my paleness 365.. although i did sit out more this summer (bad i know) bc of my wedding. i am an allover umm…lighter (which is a nicer word than husband’s for me, which is casper), so i go very easy on the bronzer bc too much and my face is a totally different color than my body, and i have not found a body tanner that i like. i know the jergens one gets rave reviews but i got orage-y and had a few splotches.

    I LOVE THAT SCARF! i have a scarf problem. i own 742357 of them, and just yesterday bought 2 infinity ones (my first!) from ann taylor loft. so cute! i wear them frmo october to march! they are absolutely my security blanket haha

    November 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      I bet you rock it well 😉

      I never liked the Jergens self tanner. I like Bare Escentuals lotion and fake bake the best!

      I have a scarf problem too 🙁 I hear yah on the security blanket

      November 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Alexa @ Simple Eats

    I love spicy hot cocoa! I also love vanilla almond milk steamers with cinnamon in them as a dessert!

    November 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    • Reply laury


      November 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place

    i have no idea what the question is help!!!! no i don’t switch my colors, i just wear powder eyeliner & lipstick (usually rouge or pinkish). mmmm that drink looks great! hey i don’t know if i could have made it through 20 rounds so kudos to you! x

    November 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hahahah…apparently none of my readers have those annoying kiasks [<–spelling?] at their malls.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    I need go look at those scarves, I need some new ones. Michelle and I are starting to use BareMinerals makeup again. we used it all through college and loved it, but then just stopped. not really sure why but now we are using it again and loving it 🙂


    November 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply amy

    I love my hot chocolate everynight. It relaxes me. I always make it with the unsweet chocolate almond milk.
    Bare Escentuals is the best. I love it. I use most of their stuff.
    I tend to use my bronzers more in the summer. I’m such a makeup nut though. I’m always buying new stuff to try. I love it!!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
  • Reply hannahmarie

    I was just looking for a guilt-free hot chocolate recipe and decided to try this one. It was delicious and totally satisfied my craving. I used almond milk because that’s what is in my fridge right now, but I’d love to try it again with hemp or coconut. Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:37 am
    • Reply laury

      Great! So glad you tried it and let me know! I have done it with almond milk too and it’s still great! There’s something about Tempt Hemp though that makes it really delicious 🙂

      November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    nothing better than homemade hot chocolate! with homemade almond milk preferably— THE BEST!

    November 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm
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