The holidays are full of temptation. We’re feeling all warm and fuzzy and we want to enjoy food and drinks that match our current state of cheer. Between candy canes, reindeer shaped marshmallows and family traditions of fireside hot chocolate, it’s easy to throw your fitness and nutrition goals out the window in the name of a little holiday cheer. We’ve been there. Example:
Every Christmas, my step mom bakes me the most delicious chocolate cake and sends me back to New York with a large portion of it. It’s big, it’s dark, it’s rich and it’s delicious. I want this cake to be my boyfriend. But the longer that cake sits in my fridge post-Christmas celebration, the less attracted I am to it. Day 1, it’s all cute, it has my attention and I’m totally in love with it. Day 2, every time I open the fridge it’s just staring at me expecting attention and it gets jealous when I choose a banana instead. By the night of Day 2, it’s calling me and texting me “Why don’t you love me anymore?” and I just can’t take it anymore. I have to break up with the cake. The cake has to go. I never should have let the cake move in with me.
This brings us to BBP Commandment #10. Chocolate can be your best friend, just don’t make it your boyfriend.
We love dark chocolate and there’s no short supply of it over here in the BBP kitchen. Instead of packing our fridge with ice cream and Snickers bars, we stick to dark chocolate squares. There’s a couple reasons for this. #1: If we kept ice cream/cookies/Snickers in our fridge…we’d eat it all, plain and simple. It’s just too delicious and we know we can’t resist it so we keep it out of the house. Out of sight, out of mind! #2: After we eat dinner, we love to have something sweet. Usually, just a bite of something sweet and savory is enough to satiate our appetite. That’s why dark chocolate squares are our champion.
Besides being delicious, we love dark chocolate for a few other awesome, healthy reasons. Read on, readers:
- It’s full of antioxidants. Antioxidant foods (like dark chocolate) have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer and slow signs of aging.
- It’s high in vitamins and minerals. The copper and potassium found in dark chocolate prevent against strokes and the magnesium fights against type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
- It makes you happy. Dark chocolate has been known to increase serotonin levels in the brain.
- It’s delicious. We don’t need science to back that up.
Our favorite holiday tip? Instead of baking something, bring something simple like individually wrapped Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares. This way, you know you’re bringing a sweet treat that you won’t overindulge on (plus you’re being an awesome party guest for anyone else going through the same struggle!)
What are you waiting for? Ditch the regular chocolate and opt for our heart healthy, delicious champion: dark chocolate. We promise it will make the holidays that much sweeter.
Keep up with the braveEATS friends! See you next time!
Amber + Lindsey