Bitch Biz: This post is sponsored by Territory Foods.
Our jobs consist of dining out, covering events and opening parties, reviewing the latest cocktail bar, and brunching, of course. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. On the rare occasion we find ourselves with space on our iCalendar for a night at home, we want to eat something healthy. Usually, by the time Wednesday rolls around, our willpower has dwindled and we’re easily persuaded to order takeout Chinese food or pick-up Italian on our way home from work.
Even for our editors that feel at home in the kitchen, the energy to conceptualize, prepare, and execute a healthy and beautiful mid-week meal is more often too much to handle these days. Enter, Territory Foods, a line of prepared paleo foods.
Territory Foods has been helping us meet our health-conscious meal goals and has been an absolute Godsend for our time-pressed schedules. You may have sampled one of their meals after a boutique fitness class in D.C., as this start-up has been popping up at gyms across the city, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in pre-cooked, single-serving packages.
The concept is simple: a delivery food service that offers meals based on the diet to which you subscribe. When ordering on the website, you can select Whole30, Paleo, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, or Pescetarian. If you’re in the mood to do Whole30 one week and paleo the next, Territory Foods takes the guesswork out of subscribing to each diet.
Once you place your order, you then select home delivery, or a local gym where you’d like to pick up your meals. Both Vida Fitness and Madabolic are options—we can see this being a convenient perk, getting you to the gym and allowing you to sneak in a workout before heading home with your dinner. Bonus points: the packaging is so secure, it never spills.
We loved the convenience of having a tasty, filling, already prepared meal when we got home from work, as it afforded us time to do things we normally wouldn’t have the bandwidth to cover, like dessert. A fun way to supplement the meal delivery service is with a healthy dessert. This one in particular can be repurposed in a granola and yogurt for breakfast the next morning! Unless you have an allergy, chances are you have a bag of nuts lying around your kitchen, we always do. They are a go-to snack, have a long shelf life, and are usually a key ingredient in recipes. While your Territory Foods meal is warming up, whip up this nut and dried fruit chocolate bark as a healthy alternative to a late night snack that you’ll inevitably reach for during the next episode of This Is Us.
Dark Chocolate Super Bites
Recipe adapted by The View from Great Island
Photo credit: The View from Great Island
- Approximately 8 oz of dark chocolate (the higher the percentage of cacao the better)
- Assorted dried fruits, chopped nuts, and seeds (mango, pistachio, cranberries, cashews, pineapple, etc.).
- Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces and put in a microwave safe glass measuring cup. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, and then stir again to completely melt the chocolate. If there are still lumps, microwave for another short burst and stir again.
- Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate onto the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. You can nudge it with your spoon if you like. Work with one at a time, and sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of your healthy add-ins while the chocolate is still hot. Make them whatever size you like, but mine were about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
- Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the bites in the refrigerator to speed things up.