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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.

Katie

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.

chocolate covered katie

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!

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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.

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  1. thatbohoblog says

    Hi Katie! LOVE your blog and amazing recipes! Hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you in a couple of my blog posts.. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!
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  2. thatbohoblog says

    Hi Katie! LOVE your blog and amazing recipes! Hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you in a couple of my blog posts.. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!
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  3. Tricia Caputo-Lerda says

    Katie:
    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this blog!! I am all about healthy eating and sometimes it’s so rough when you are craving something sweet, but can’t bare to bring yourself to eat something laden with corn syrup or chemicals. (It almost gives me nervous ticks even looking at that junk in the grocery store. haha 🙂 ) This is right up my alley. So far I’ve only tried the cookie dip (loved it), and I have the coconut crack bars in the freezer now. Thanks again, you’ve definitely made life a lot more enjoyable for the obsessively healthy eater/food hippie. I will be recommending everyone to visit your page. I’ve already shared it on my facebook page several times.

    Sincerely,

    Tricia Caputo-Lerda

    P.S. I can’t seem to find Mori-Nu Tofu, what is the difference between this and regular and will it make a difference? I am sure someone has already asked this, so I am sorry if this is a repetitious question.

  4. Tricia Caputo-Lerda says

    Katie:
    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this blog!! I am all about healthy eating and sometimes it’s so rough when you are craving something sweet, but can’t bare to bring yourself to eat something laden with corn syrup or chemicals. (It almost gives me nervous ticks even looking at that junk in the grocery store. haha 🙂 ) This is right up my alley. So far I’ve only tried the cookie dip (loved it), and I have the coconut crack bars in the freezer now. Thanks again, you’ve definitely made life a lot more enjoyable for the obsessively healthy eater/food hippie. I will be recommending everyone to visit your page. I’ve already shared it on my facebook page several times.

    Sincerely,

    Tricia Caputo-Lerda

    P.S. I can’t seem to find Mori-Nu Tofu, what is the difference between this and regular and will it make a difference? I am sure someone has already asked this, so I am sorry if this is a repetitious question.

  5. Makayla says

    Hey Katie,
    I know you sample and taste all your recipes that you make, but what do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Could you give me some examples? (i.e. hummus, dried fruits, nuts, salads, cereal, etc.) I eat just like you – very committed to healthy foods. I just thought I could get some different ideas from your diet. Healthy food is my passion in life! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Makayla says

    Hey Katie,
    I know you sample and taste all your recipes that you make, but what do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Could you give me some examples? (i.e. hummus, dried fruits, nuts, salads, cereal, etc.) I eat just like you – very committed to healthy foods. I just thought I could get some different ideas from your diet. Healthy food is my passion in life! Thanks! 🙂

  7. Mia Natsume says

    Hi Katie,
    Just found your blog and tried the frosting shot recipe—yum! I’ve posted it to my FB page this morning—hope it brings you a few more viewers! Would love to send you some of my product to try if you like. Let me know! All best, Mia

  8. Mia Natsume says

    Hi Katie,
    Just found your blog and tried the frosting shot recipe—yum! I’ve posted it to my FB page this morning—hope it brings you a few more viewers! Would love to send you some of my product to try if you like. Let me know! All best, Mia

  9. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie! I love you recipes and I’m so glad I found this site! I am just wondering, since you are a vegan do you use vegan chocolate or do you just use normal and give yourself a break on that one item?

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I guess I’m confused… vegan chocolate IS regular chocolate. In fact, many brands of chocolate chips and chocolate bars are “accidentally” vegan, meaning the manufacturer didn’t even set out to make a vegan product. It just happened that way.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I guess I’m confused… vegan chocolate IS regular chocolate. In fact, many brands of chocolate chips and chocolate bars are “accidentally” vegan, meaning the manufacturer didn’t even set out to make a vegan product. It just happened that way.

  10. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie! I love you recipes and I’m so glad I found this site! I am just wondering, since you are a vegan do you use vegan chocolate or do you just use normal and give yourself a break on that one item?

  11. linda rosario says

    Hi Katie,

    How are you doing? I shared one of your latest posts to my friends. I found it really interesting. I read your post about Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie and I can say that is really amazing!

    By the way, I saw some guest writers on your blog. I wish I can contribute too. I want to write an article about Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe . I hope you will find it interesting. If you have other topics that you want me to write about, I would be thrilled to research and write about them too.

    I am excited to hear from you even if it is just a short rejection note that you can’t have me as a guest author. I honestly fell in love with your blog and I am already a big fan of it. Receiving a simple email from you is a pleasure for me.

    Cheers,

    Linda Rosario

    Aspiring Food Blogger

  12. linda rosario says

    Hi Katie,

    How are you doing? I shared one of your latest posts to my friends. I found it really interesting. I read your post about Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie and I can say that is really amazing!

    By the way, I saw some guest writers on your blog. I wish I can contribute too. I want to write an article about Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe . I hope you will find it interesting. If you have other topics that you want me to write about, I would be thrilled to research and write about them too.

    I am excited to hear from you even if it is just a short rejection note that you can’t have me as a guest author. I honestly fell in love with your blog and I am already a big fan of it. Receiving a simple email from you is a pleasure for me.

    Cheers,

    Linda Rosario

    Aspiring Food Blogger

  13. Lexi says

    Dear Katie,
    I LOVE your recipes! How do you make all of these up? Its actually fun to look at your recipes and try them! Ever since I’ve used your bean cookie dough dip I’ve been addicted reading and trying to your recipes! How did you get this idea to start blogging your recipes? Are your recipes from scratch or do you get some idea somewhere? Mixing healthy and yummy is NOT easy! You make it easy! 🙂 You where saying that this is your job, blogging but how do you make money? Thank you for all the yummy intriguing recipes, Katie!
    Sincerely,
    Lexi
    P.S. You should make a restaurant! I always send my mom and sister the emails of the recipes like “Hey Mom! Check this out! Should I make it for you?” 😉 Your pictures are very artistic, Chocolate-Covered-Katie! I’d like to see you chocolate covered…. 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Most of the recipes are from scratch, but I get ideas everywhere… I get a lot of ideas from those little tear-out recipe books (like Taste of Home or Betty Crocker) at the grocery store checkout line. I do a lot of experimenting, and many of the experiments fail before I get a good recipe!
      As for the money thing, basically I get some money from advertisers in exchange for allowing their ads on the site.
      Thank you for such a sweet comment! 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Most of the recipes are from scratch, but I get ideas everywhere… I get a lot of ideas from those little tear-out recipe books (like Taste of Home or Betty Crocker) at the grocery store checkout line. I do a lot of experimenting, and many of the experiments fail before I get a good recipe!
      As for the money thing, basically I get some money from advertisers in exchange for allowing their ads on the site.
      Thank you for such a sweet comment! 🙂

  14. Lexi says

    Dear Katie,
    I LOVE your recipes! How do you make all of these up? Its actually fun to look at your recipes and try them! Ever since I’ve used your bean cookie dough dip I’ve been addicted reading and trying to your recipes! How did you get this idea to start blogging your recipes? Are your recipes from scratch or do you get some idea somewhere? Mixing healthy and yummy is NOT easy! You make it easy! 🙂 You where saying that this is your job, blogging but how do you make money? Thank you for all the yummy intriguing recipes, Katie!
    Sincerely,
    Lexi
    P.S. You should make a restaurant! I always send my mom and sister the emails of the recipes like “Hey Mom! Check this out! Should I make it for you?” 😉 Your pictures are very artistic, Chocolate-Covered-Katie! I’d like to see you chocolate covered…. 🙂

  15. v says

    i am have just spend hours checking out your recipes. i love experimenting with healthy substitutes and making things vegetarian/vegan too, but i’m not quite as practiced as you. 🙂 i am really impressed by your blog and i love the way you write your posts with the question of the day and the story behind the recipe etc… i’m totally in awe of you and to top it off, you’re beautiful too. glad to know that there is a book in the works!

    with love and admiration, from south africa,
    v.

    ps. i’ve spend some time living in china too (hubei and jiangsu provinces). i became vegetarian while living there.

  16. v says

    i am have just spend hours checking out your recipes. i love experimenting with healthy substitutes and making things vegetarian/vegan too, but i’m not quite as practiced as you. 🙂 i am really impressed by your blog and i love the way you write your posts with the question of the day and the story behind the recipe etc… i’m totally in awe of you and to top it off, you’re beautiful too. glad to know that there is a book in the works!

    with love and admiration, from south africa,
    v.

    ps. i’ve spend some time living in china too (hubei and jiangsu provinces). i became vegetarian while living there.

  17. Nicole says

    I have one quick question…
    You love and eat chocolate every day 🙂 Where do you find vegan chocolate? I haven’t really seen or found vegan chocolate before but would like to try it. Any suggestions?

  18. Nicole says

    I have one quick question…
    You love and eat chocolate every day 🙂 Where do you find vegan chocolate? I haven’t really seen or found vegan chocolate before but would like to try it. Any suggestions?

  19. Stephanie says

    Wondering if…maybe, just maybe, you have a hidden eating disorder, that maybe you’re not making public, or perhaps even hiding from yourself. Some of the signs are there…life seems to revolve around food — aware of the calories of everything that you post — “healthy” versions of everything. Etc. On the surface, you make it sound like you have a very non-eating-disordered perspective about food & exercise, but I do wonder what’s underneath this all…and this comes from a person w/a long history in this area. Then again, maybe I’m totally wrong and just projecting my own stuff onto you. Also, perhaps you are naturally thin, but in your pictures, you look a bit like some of the other people who I have known who have had issues in this area, including some who I met in the hospital. Also, just so you know, I love your website; I recently discovered it and am sort of obsessed with it; I have spent hours (my compulsive, food-obsessed nature) browsing it, although I have yet to make anything.

    • Stephanie says

      Just want to add…I hope I’m not offending you in any way, and again, I may be totally wrong. I looked a bit more at the site and saw that people have asked you about this before. I’m not basing my question solely on the pictures of you, as people can have eating issues at any size, but just the combination of factors. I would have wondered the same thing even if there were no pictures.

      • Emma_B says

        I really don’t get why people find that it’s ok to meddle in people’s weight, high or low. It is so rude and part of this sick society’s obsession with this subject.
        The thing I found refreshing about Katie’s blog is exactly the healthy attitude towards food. It is actually the readers who “forced” her to submit the calories for the recipes.
        From what I read, she also does a good amount of running for years. She is very active, eating vegan-healthy food and has a good attitude towards life. All things combined with genetics contribute to a healthy body, in this case a thin one.
        But really, it’s not our right to know what she eats or how much sports she does. Just because someone is some-what of a public figure doesn’t mean he is obligated to be a “role model”, whatever that is. It’s her choice what to share and what not to share.
        But I guess what bothers me most about everyone’s comments about her weight is – let’s say you’re right, and she has an eating disorder. Do you really think that pointing at someone with an eating disorder and saying “you look terrible, way too skinny” (disclaimer – Katie, you look lovely:)) will help? If you really are familiar with E-D you should all know that that’s the worst, most destructive approach. It is the family’s and close friends job to have a conversation about it and consult with a professional.
        Sorry if that came off as bullying, it is meant in general to all comments about weight.

        • chocolate-covered katie says

          Thanks, Emma :).
          Stephanie: I’m not offended, but I have addressed your questions before, so please read my responses in my High Calorie Recipes post, Hello from CCK post, My Healthy Scare post, and on this FAQ page and remember that you really can’t make any judgments about someone you don’t know in real life. My blog is 100% about food because that is the topic of the blog; it doesn’t mean my life is 100% about food… I prefer to keep my personal, non-food-related life separate from my job. Hope that clears things up!

        • chocolate-covered katie says

          Thanks, Emma :).
          Stephanie: I’m not offended, but I have addressed your questions before, so please read my responses in my High Calorie Recipes post, Hello from CCK post, My Healthy Scare post, and on this FAQ page and remember that you really can’t make any judgments about someone you don’t know in real life. My blog is 100% about food because that is the topic of the blog; it doesn’t mean my life is 100% about food… I prefer to keep my personal, non-food-related life separate from my job. Hope that clears things up!

      • Emma_B says

        I really don’t get why people find that it’s ok to meddle in people’s weight, high or low. It is so rude and part of this sick society’s obsession with this subject.
        The thing I found refreshing about Katie’s blog is exactly the healthy attitude towards food. It is actually the readers who “forced” her to submit the calories for the recipes.
        From what I read, she also does a good amount of running for years. She is very active, eating vegan-healthy food and has a good attitude towards life. All things combined with genetics contribute to a healthy body, in this case a thin one.
        But really, it’s not our right to know what she eats or how much sports she does. Just because someone is some-what of a public figure doesn’t mean he is obligated to be a “role model”, whatever that is. It’s her choice what to share and what not to share.
        But I guess what bothers me most about everyone’s comments about her weight is – let’s say you’re right, and she has an eating disorder. Do you really think that pointing at someone with an eating disorder and saying “you look terrible, way too skinny” (disclaimer – Katie, you look lovely:)) will help? If you really are familiar with E-D you should all know that that’s the worst, most destructive approach. It is the family’s and close friends job to have a conversation about it and consult with a professional.
        Sorry if that came off as bullying, it is meant in general to all comments about weight.

    • Stephanie says

      Just want to add…I hope I’m not offending you in any way, and again, I may be totally wrong. I looked a bit more at the site and saw that people have asked you about this before. I’m not basing my question solely on the pictures of you, as people can have eating issues at any size, but just the combination of factors. I would have wondered the same thing even if there were no pictures.

  20. Stephanie says

    Wondering if…maybe, just maybe, you have a hidden eating disorder, that maybe you’re not making public, or perhaps even hiding from yourself. Some of the signs are there…life seems to revolve around food — aware of the calories of everything that you post — “healthy” versions of everything. Etc. On the surface, you make it sound like you have a very non-eating-disordered perspective about food & exercise, but I do wonder what’s underneath this all…and this comes from a person w/a long history in this area. Then again, maybe I’m totally wrong and just projecting my own stuff onto you. Also, perhaps you are naturally thin, but in your pictures, you look a bit like some of the other people who I have known who have had issues in this area, including some who I met in the hospital. Also, just so you know, I love your website; I recently discovered it and am sort of obsessed with it; I have spent hours (my compulsive, food-obsessed nature) browsing it, although I have yet to make anything.

  21. Femke says

    Hi Kate,

    I’m very fond of your blog! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    I tried your One Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe this morning, it was delicious!
    I do have question however:
    The recipe says: “1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder” do you mean 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons or 1+2 tablespoons?
    You usually write the measurements in cups but also in grams.
    I live in Holland so I’m used to a gram scale. Could you tell me what the measurements are in grams?

    Thank you.
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    Femke

  22. Femke says

    Hi Kate,

    I’m very fond of your blog! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    I tried your One Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe this morning, it was delicious!
    I do have question however:
    The recipe says: “1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder” do you mean 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons or 1+2 tablespoons?
    You usually write the measurements in cups but also in grams.
    I live in Holland so I’m used to a gram scale. Could you tell me what the measurements are in grams?

    Thank you.
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    Femke

  23. Maggie says

    So, buying baking is kind of my downfall healthy-eating-wise. I’m hoping to get set up at some point where I can try out some of these recipes. I’ve been looking into using beetroot in chocolate recipes though and they all seem to add huge amounts of sugar. Beets seem to be sweet enough already, is the extra sugar really necessary? Couldn’t you use them as the sweetener instead?

  24. Maggie says

    So, buying baking is kind of my downfall healthy-eating-wise. I’m hoping to get set up at some point where I can try out some of these recipes. I’ve been looking into using beetroot in chocolate recipes though and they all seem to add huge amounts of sugar. Beets seem to be sweet enough already, is the extra sugar really necessary? Couldn’t you use them as the sweetener instead?

  25. Bethany C. says

    Hi Katie,
    I wanted to thank you so much for this blog, whenever I need to bake something youre the first place I go to. =) I LOVE hearing about your life! You have such an interesting life and you are so pretty! You should do more posts about yourself. Oh, also I’m stoked to buy your cookbook! Will there be new recipes or the ones from your website?
    Thanks again!! =)

  26. Bethany C. says

    Hi Katie,
    I wanted to thank you so much for this blog, whenever I need to bake something youre the first place I go to. =) I LOVE hearing about your life! You have such an interesting life and you are so pretty! You should do more posts about yourself. Oh, also I’m stoked to buy your cookbook! Will there be new recipes or the ones from your website?
    Thanks again!! =)

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