Everyone puts on some pounds over the holidays. We’re not suddenly gluttons, it’s the constant accessibility! I just got back from the dry cleaners and inexplicably had brownie crumbs on my shirt. I don’t remember eating a brownie. WHY DID THEY PUT OUT BROWNIES IT’S A DRY CLEANER?!? A friend left me a tin of cookies on our front stoop before running off to vacation. I just ate half a tin of cookies.
If they’re in the house, we will consume them — that’s human nature. The same can be said for healthier alternatives. If you stock up on the good stuff you’re more likely to change up your eating habits for the better. Let’s start off the New Year with smug self-awareness and trimmer waistlines. I’m not asking you to give up dessert, just make healthier ones.
Here are a few to start with.
Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
Ok, stay with me here. There’s something super festive about dipping things in chocolate. Have a fondue pot? Well break that puppy out from under the pile of blankets, tool box and old tax returns. Just stick with fruit and omit the cubes of pound cake. Go with a high-quality dark chocolate. If you try to melt chips, depending on the quality, you could just end up with a greasy seized-up mess. Go for some Valrhona or Cocoa Bary. If it does go grainy on you, stir in some heavy cream until it’s smooth enough to dip. Don’t trust your guests with bowls of molten chocolate? Melt your chocolate in a microwave in 15-second intervals stirring in between. Dip and then chill for a few minutes before serving. Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C!
With the addition of dark chocolate this is quite the delicious antioxidant powerhouse.