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Health and Diet

Can you share what you eat in a day? Do you ever eat unhealthy foods?

While every day is different, here is an example of What I Eat In A Day.

I strive for variety and try to make sure my meals are balanced, but I don’t stress about it and will never eat a food I dislike just because it’s healthy. Worrying about eating a “perfect” diet seems more detrimental to one’s health than consuming a few grams of trans fat or white flour every now and then.

The foods I crave are usually pretty healthy; however if I’m out with friends, on vacation, or someone surprises me with a not-healthy-in-the-slightest homemade baked good, I’m fine with indulging. Growing up in a big Italian family, food has always been a huge part of my life, and I don’t believe negative feelings like guilt should ever be associated with something that can bring so much enjoyment.

Are you anorexic?

Ugh. I’m not, but I am acutely aware that it’s a suggested search term if you google my blog name, which is why I wrote the following post: Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic?

Many of your recipes are extremely low in calories. Why is that?

I try to make my recipes relevant for as many people as possible, and I know that many of my readers are watching their weight or cooking for themselves or a loved one who needs recipes that are lower in calories, fat, or sugar.

If I’m cooking just for me, I don’t really ever use xylitol, stevia, or the lower-fat options given in my recipes; these variations are included so that people can make the recipes to fit their own dietary needs. It’s also why I try to include gluten-free options as much as possible and test each recipe with different sweeteners and flours.

Running/Exercise

Do you run every day?

I’ve gone through periods of time where I’ve run too much and where I’ve not run at all, and finally I found a good balance. For more on my relationship with running, see the following post: Why I Gave Up Running.

What other exercise do you get?

I walk pretty much everywhere. Once in a while, a friend will drag me to an exercise class or the gym; but it’s not a regular thing, and I’ve taken exactly zero Soul Cycle classes in my life.

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Do you have a job?

Yes – here is a post on How I Started Blogging Full-Time.

Can you share your stats? How much do you weigh?

I am 5’4 (okay fine, 5’3 and a half). I don’t own a scale.

You mention you’ve lived all over the world. Where exactly have you lived?

I was born in England and have also lived in Philadelphia, Japan, China, The Philippines, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Where should I go next?

Photography

What camera do you use?

Most of the earlier photos on the blog were taken with a Canon Rebel. In late 2016, I switched over to a Canon 5D Mark III. My go-to lens is the 100mm f/2.8L Macro.

Have you taken any photography classes? What tips do you have for someone who wants to take better photos?

Everything I know comes from observation and practice. My biggest tip to readers who want to improve their photos is to practice as much as you can. Read photography books and the manual that comes with your camera, and learn the meaning of terms like “ISO,” “shutter speed,” and “f stop.”

Browse photography forums whenever you have questions. Don’t get discouraged if your photos look awful in the beginning. (Mine did!) Becoming a good photographer isn’t something that happens overnight.

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Blogging

Do you have advice for other bloggers?

Here are all my posts tagged: How To Write A Food Blog.

What’s your favorite recipe on the blog?

Not surprisingly, I am partial to the recipes that include chocolate, such as the chocolate pie, brownies, and pudding cake. I also really love ice cream, especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream or the pistachio ice cream recipe in my cookbook.

The definite reader favorites are the Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip and the Black Bean Brownies. More reader favorites can be found on the right sidebar of the blog!

Can I post one of your recipes on my own blog? Can I use your photos?

I’m ridiculously happy when someone tries one of my recipes. I only ask that you link back to the recipe instead of posting it on your site unless you’ve made major changes, because I have big plans for some of the recipes. But as long as they’re credited, please feel free to use any of my photos.

Is this a vegan blog?

Although all of the recipes on this blog can be suitable for vegans as long as you choose nondairy options for ingredients such as milk of choice, I would guess that most of my readers are not vegans; they’re simply people who enjoy delicious desserts and want healthier versions of their favorite recipes.

Most of my friends who test the recipes are not vegan or vegetarian, and I especially try to get friends who aren’t into healthy food to give me feedback… because if a recipe gets their seal of approval, I know it’s good!

Final Questions:

Is there a way I can get your recipes by email?

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How can I contact you?

I receive hundreds of questions each day, so please be patient with me as I try my hardest to respond to as many as possible! Here are links to the CCK Facebook Page and Pinterest Page. You can also reach out my media team at chocolatecoveredmedia at gmail dot com. Or leave a comment on any one of my blog posts.

Do you really eat chocolate every day?

Every single day. Usually at least twice.

Reader Interactions

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  1. Samantha ward says

    Hi Katie!
    I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I just LOVE it! I have not tried ONE recipe I didn’t like (and I have made A LOT of your recipes). I first found you on Pinterest and have recommended your site to literally anyone who will listen. (Man on bus?) So many of my friends and family now love your blog too! It’s so straight forward and easy to use. From a non blog reader (i usually just go straight to the recipe) I catch myself always reading yours. Theyre always entertaining! Even my boyfriend (not a healthy food lover) LOVES your recipes: a true sign of a successful recipe! I just wanted to say thank you.
    Ps my favourite is the fudge babies. I think. Can’t wait for your recipe book!

  2. Samantha ward says

    Hi Katie!
    I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I just LOVE it! I have not tried ONE recipe I didn’t like (and I have made A LOT of your recipes). I first found you on Pinterest and have recommended your site to literally anyone who will listen. (Man on bus?) So many of my friends and family now love your blog too! It’s so straight forward and easy to use. From a non blog reader (i usually just go straight to the recipe) I catch myself always reading yours. Theyre always entertaining! Even my boyfriend (not a healthy food lover) LOVES your recipes: a true sign of a successful recipe! I just wanted to say thank you.
    Ps my favourite is the fudge babies. I think. Can’t wait for your recipe book!

  3. Joellen Fabiani says

    Katie, do I have an exact amt of the garbanzo beans for the choc hip cookie cups bcuz I couldn’t find a can or cans that would equal what your recipe calls for & the batter came out way too soupy, so I had to add more quick oats & it just didn’t come out or taste right..appreciate if u could update recipe with cups versus grams…thx a bunch! Made your black bean brownies & they were a HUGE hit & tasted delish that no one even knew they were made with black beans!!!

  4. Joellen Fabiani says

    Katie, do I have an exact amt of the garbanzo beans for the choc hip cookie cups bcuz I couldn’t find a can or cans that would equal what your recipe calls for & the batter came out way too soupy, so I had to add more quick oats & it just didn’t come out or taste right..appreciate if u could update recipe with cups versus grams…thx a bunch! Made your black bean brownies & they were a HUGE hit & tasted delish that no one even knew they were made with black beans!!!

  5. maria dimaria says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes!! I’ve tried quite a few and liked them all.
    I would love it if the nutritional information was on the same page though. It’s quite tedious to have to go find it.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Maria

  6. maria dimaria says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes!! I’ve tried quite a few and liked them all.
    I would love it if the nutritional information was on the same page though. It’s quite tedious to have to go find it.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Maria

  7. Samantha says

    Hi Katie.
    I am in the process of working with several moms at my daughter’s preschool to create a cookbook. I love your peanut butter pretzel bars. Am wondering if you would be OK with us printing your recipe (we would sub peanut butter for sun or soy butter – I will have to test these out). We would of course credit you in our book. Feel free to contact me via email. Thanks!

  8. Samantha says

    Hi Katie.
    I am in the process of working with several moms at my daughter’s preschool to create a cookbook. I love your peanut butter pretzel bars. Am wondering if you would be OK with us printing your recipe (we would sub peanut butter for sun or soy butter – I will have to test these out). We would of course credit you in our book. Feel free to contact me via email. Thanks!

  9. Amy says

    Just popped on here and read about your dislike of weight lifting. I’m the SAME way, but my gym offers BodyPump classes (tons of gyms do!) that are an hour of weightlifting to music. I freaking LOVE those classes. Maybe you will, too!

  10. Amy says

    Just popped on here and read about your dislike of weight lifting. I’m the SAME way, but my gym offers BodyPump classes (tons of gyms do!) that are an hour of weightlifting to music. I freaking LOVE those classes. Maybe you will, too!

  11. Victoria says

    Funny! I also just read about your dislike of weigh lifting and was coming on to say, “I didn’t like it either, until I found BodyPump.” It’s a 55 min bar bell class set to fun music (lots of Top 40 hits) that hits every major muscle group. It’s made me love lifting weights, and the muscles I can now see on my body are a nice motivation to keep pumping! If you go to the Les Mills website (just Google Les Mills BodyPump) you can find a class near you with their locator. Just try it! Just once! 🙂

  12. Victoria says

    Funny! I also just read about your dislike of weigh lifting and was coming on to say, “I didn’t like it either, until I found BodyPump.” It’s a 55 min bar bell class set to fun music (lots of Top 40 hits) that hits every major muscle group. It’s made me love lifting weights, and the muscles I can now see on my body are a nice motivation to keep pumping! If you go to the Les Mills website (just Google Les Mills BodyPump) you can find a class near you with their locator. Just try it! Just once! 🙂

  13. Tasha says

    Hi Katie-

    I am a runner and a tennis player. I have been attending Barre Fit classes for the past 9 months. It is building my muscle tone and has made me stronger. No heavy weights. The heaviest we ever use are 5 lb hand weights. It is an hour class and I try to go three times a week. Your legs will shake, your abs will burn, and your rear end will get tight!

  14. Tasha says

    Hi Katie-

    I am a runner and a tennis player. I have been attending Barre Fit classes for the past 9 months. It is building my muscle tone and has made me stronger. No heavy weights. The heaviest we ever use are 5 lb hand weights. It is an hour class and I try to go three times a week. Your legs will shake, your abs will burn, and your rear end will get tight!

  15. Ange says

    I would love, love, LOVE it if you can make a recipe on how to make your own cookie butter like Trader Joe’s! I’ve made some and yet to have it be as close as I’d like 🙂

  16. Ange says

    I would love, love, LOVE it if you can make a recipe on how to make your own cookie butter like Trader Joe’s! I’ve made some and yet to have it be as close as I’d like 🙂

      • SincereSweetToothSarah says

        Oh my goodness I was wondering that too! That is so awesome! I’m a Christian too! It completely changes life and I’m so grateful to God every day for showing me the world in the right light and for Christ! God is the best and he loves you and EVERYONE so much! When we go to heaven, I’m sure He’ll ask you to cook your amazing food for Him! Yum! Katie, thanks for sharing that!

      • SincereSweetToothSarah says

        Oh my goodness I was wondering that too! That is so awesome! I’m a Christian too! It completely changes life and I’m so grateful to God every day for showing me the world in the right light and for Christ! God is the best and he loves you and EVERYONE so much! When we go to heaven, I’m sure He’ll ask you to cook your amazing food for Him! Yum! Katie, thanks for sharing that!

  17. Kinzie says

    Katie… I was wondering if you think chickpea flour could be used as a substitute for your recipes that call for cans of chickpeas… I’m thinking specifically of the bowl o’ cookie dough recipe. 🙂 Obviously there would need to be added moisture… I ordered a bag of the stuff (can’t even remember why now), and need to use it! 🙂

  18. Kinzie says

    Katie… I was wondering if you think chickpea flour could be used as a substitute for your recipes that call for cans of chickpeas… I’m thinking specifically of the bowl o’ cookie dough recipe. 🙂 Obviously there would need to be added moisture… I ordered a bag of the stuff (can’t even remember why now), and need to use it! 🙂

  19. Ciera says

    1) Do you have a healthy lemon cake recipe? You know… the lemony cake with creamy white frosting?
    2) Is your chocolatecoveredkatie instagram account active?

    3) LOVE THIS SITE!

      • Ciera says

        No worries! I actually did find a recipe similar to a lemon cake that you made (a microwave lemon mug-cake???) that could be great with better ‘n cream cheese frosting) as for the Instagram account I wasn’t sure if it was yours… it is called chocolate covered katie though…. Can’t wait to see what you make next 😛 And thank you so much for responding!!!!

      • Ciera says

        No worries! I actually did find a recipe similar to a lemon cake that you made (a microwave lemon mug-cake???) that could be great with better ‘n cream cheese frosting) as for the Instagram account I wasn’t sure if it was yours… it is called chocolate covered katie though…. Can’t wait to see what you make next 😛 And thank you so much for responding!!!!

  20. Ciera says

    1) Do you have a healthy lemon cake recipe? You know… the lemony cake with creamy white frosting?
    2) Is your chocolatecoveredkatie instagram account active?

    3) LOVE THIS SITE!

  21. Camille says

    Hi Katie,
    What kind of a dog is Henry (aside from absolutely adorable, of course) ? He looks a lot like my Doxle (part Daschund, part Beagle), and I was curious if they were indeed the same mix.
    Thanks!
    Camille

  22. Camille says

    Hi Katie,
    What kind of a dog is Henry (aside from absolutely adorable, of course) ? He looks a lot like my Doxle (part Daschund, part Beagle), and I was curious if they were indeed the same mix.
    Thanks!
    Camille

  23. Lizzie says

    Hi Katie!
    I just got braces and now I can’t eat some foods that I love. An example would be candy bars with nuts and caramel such as snickers. Could you create a recipe that tastes like that stuff but without the textures of them?
    You would be my Hero!
    Thanks a Bunch!

  24. Lizzie says

    Hi Katie!
    I just got braces and now I can’t eat some foods that I love. An example would be candy bars with nuts and caramel such as snickers. Could you create a recipe that tastes like that stuff but without the textures of them?
    You would be my Hero!
    Thanks a Bunch!

  25. Jess says

    Hi Katie!
    I love your blog! Am constantly making your version of oatmeal- so yummy!
    I’m doing research for a school project and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.
    If you could convert a retro game into a food product what would it be and why?
    Thanks xxxx

  26. Jess says

    Hi Katie!
    I love your blog! Am constantly making your version of oatmeal- so yummy!
    I’m doing research for a school project and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.
    If you could convert a retro game into a food product what would it be and why?
    Thanks xxxx

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