Sweet Indulgence

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by
Liz Barker
on
November 30, 2020
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Dark chocolate and red wine. Healthy sweet treats | Fit for Living

You should not feel guilty enjoying a drink or a dessert at social occasions with friends. It's all about balance because life is for living.

Lockdown is a stressful time and I will be the first to admit I have done my share of emotionally eating. Eating high sugar foods and drinking alcohol can easily spiral out of control. Whilst you may not need chocolate for your physical health you should listen to your cravings for your mental health. Just try to do it in moderation and make better choices.

Alcohol

Alcohol contains ethanol, a chemical that is a potent toxin so it is not good for us. However, limited intake of alcoholic beverages should not harm you.  The trick is to limit your intake. Spirits with mixers tend to be the worst as they are are high in calories and have no nutritional value. Red wine is a good choice as it has antioxidant benefits.

Dessert

There are lots of healthy desserts options. You can make dark chocolate mousse, baked fruit and oat crumble, key lime pie, etc. Check out Fit for Livings recipes online and enjoy some guilt free indulgence. The last 3 we posted have all been desserts... I blame lockdown :-)

Dark Chocolate

If you have a sweet tooth dark chocolate is your saviour. Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, dark chocolate is one of the planet's best sources of antioxidants. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease. Look for dark chocolate that is 75% or higher in cocoa.

So go ahead and indulge a little.