Eat Chocolate This Holiday Season – Savor Every Bite!
The holiday season has begun. It’s a great time for finding the perfect gift for the ones we love, for enjoying time with family and friends and for over-indulging. The medical world, though, has finally come to my side. They have found that chocolate is actually good for us! I don’t know about you but if I had the choice between chocolate and broccoli, chocolate would win every time.
Before you toss out all the veggies in your crisper, there’s a couple of things you should know to fully savor that chocolate goodness.
- Eat it One Bite at a Time – Instead of eating the entire candy bar in one sitting, break off a bite-sized piece and save the rest for another time.
- Chocolate is Like Fine Wine – Before you take that first bite, let the chocolate breathe. Yep…I actually said that.
- Chew Your Chocolate – Savor every bite by chewing it thoroughly before swallowing.
- Concentrate on the Flavor – Close your eyes and let the flavor envelope you.
Before picking up that candy bar or diving into a box of chocolates, try the 4 tips above and you’ll see why some people (not just science) feel eating chocolate can be a healthy and indulgent way to enjoy the whole experience.
Try some of these fabulous recipes in all their chocolately goodness:
Savor every chocolately bite!
It’s hard to believe that with all that tasty Thanksgiving food, there would actually be leftovers.
Here’s what you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers:
- Soup is always a good choice. You can create your own recipe using up any leftover turkey and veggies.
- Sandwiches – Use up that leftover turkey by creating a new version of the Chicken Salad sandwich. Use any leftover rolls instead of bread for a tasty alternative.
- Mashed Potatoes – These can be tricky to reheat “as is” so try create a potato pancake. Did you know you can also use mashed potatoes for thickener in your soups and sauces?
- Vegetables - Whether your leftover veggies are already cooked or raw, you can still use them in your soups and casseroles. Try putting together a Turkey Pot Pie!
- Mexican Food – Filling a tortilla with leftover turkey and adding some fresh veggies and salsa is always a hit.
- Freeze Leftovers – Don’t keep your leftovers in the refrigerator too long. To avoid wasting your leftovers, try freezing them. Even gravy loves the cold! Separate your leftovers into portion-sized meals and serve them TV dinner-style on those extra busy days.
With a little planning, you can make that Thanksgiving meal stretch into several mouth-watering meals.