wpid-20150120_211000-1.jpgOne week ago we kicked off the Daniel Plan at our church, and when I say kick…I mean KICK! What once started out as a simple idea, a vision if you will, to challenge ourselves, and the people in our congregation to start the new year off right by focusing on an all around healthy lifestyle, soon blossomed into something that took us all a little by surprise.

Just a few weeks ago I gathered around a small lunch table with four wonderful ladies from my church. The five of us gathered to discuss the kick off night of the Daniel Plan and all that it would take to make this program a success. We threw around ideas, discussed rolls that each one of us would play, laid out the floor plan and all we’d need for set up. Then the question came up, how many should we prepare for? We had advertised the kick off date two weeks in advance, encouraging people to register on-line so that we would have an idea of how many people to expect. At that time, there were 62 registered people. As part of our trouble shooting portion of the meeting we considered the possibility that our numbers might grow. We even threw around the idea that we could possibly out grow our room which could seat 200. The more we talked the more we dreamed until we soon found ourselves throwing out impossible scenarios. “What if we outgrew our room?”, We asked. Should we prepare an over flow room? What if we out grew the overflow room too?”, we began to chuckle at the thought. Then we really got creative and said, “what if we filled both rooms up and still needed more room?”, at that far fetched question we busted out in laughter and quickly forced ourselves back to reality.

Fast forward one week.

Wednesday morning, 8:30 AM, we meet at the same place to discuss the same plan, any last minute details, and to get the latest count of online registers. The new count? 277! People! Needless to say, we were amazed, thrilled, excited and a bit panicky all at the same time. Where would we put 277 bodies! What a wonderful problem to have!

Fast forward ten hours.

6:30 PM. It was finally go time. The tables were set, the group leaders were in place and the leadership team was pumped and ready to go. By 6:45 the main room was already packed. By 6:50 the overflow room was packed and we were running for more chairs. When it was all said and done, there were 309 in attendance! The evening was a huge success.

That first night I shared a delicious Lentil and chicken sausage soup.

In our second meeting I demonstrated Chocolate GoGo balls or Energy bites.wpid-20150120_210934.jpg

These are so easy to make and keep in the refrigerator for when you want a little something sweet to eat.
Here’s how I made them.

CHOCOLATE GO GO BALLS

Here’s what you’ll need:
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2 cups of walnuts or pecans (I liked the walnuts best)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup Cacao powder (or you could just use unsweetened cocoa powder)
2 teaspoons flax meal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Unsweetened coconut for coating (if you don’t like coconut, rolling in chia seeds would be just as good)

In a basic food processor with the s blade attachment, add nuts and process into meal. Add honey, cacao, cinnamon, flax meal, and salt. Pulse until it’s all combined and has the consistence of dough. wpid-20150120_203234-1.jpg

Roll into balls then roll the balls in coconut or chia seeds. It’s best to keep them refrigerated so they will stay firm. Enjoy!!
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