Someone was quite maleficent by placing Valentine’s Day so close to the beginning of the year. How can one continue with their “New Years resolutions” with all this chocolate and candy floating around? I’ve been scouring cookbooks, blogs and magazines to find a suitable Valentine’s Day treat and I must say – this does the trick. I’ve always been a sucker for chocolate covered strawberries but the added sugar and chocolate just doesn’t fit into my plan this year. As scrumptious as those treats are, shedding the baby weight is more important that those extra, yet delicious, calories.
I stumbled upon this amazing recipe that is the best of both worlds. I never thought I would eat something that is as nutritious as it is delicious – and just in time for the sugariest holiday around. Strawberries, although taste sugar-laden are surprisingly 92% water, which helps prevent dehydration, leaving you feeling refreshed and glowing. While many would think chocolate is a complete “no-no”, a good friend of mine once said, “everything in moderation.” Chocolate can aid in the release of endorphins which must be why it always leave a smile on my face. Studies have also shown that dark chocolate helps reduce the chance of heart failure. So between dark chocolate and red wine, I must have the strongest heart around. Many know the health benefits of Greek Yogurt, one cup has just about half your daily requirement of Vitamin B12, which helps promote a healthy metabolism and is a great energy boost – so go ahead, lick that bowl clean.
Chocolate “Dipped” Strawberries
Serves 4 people, 90 calories each
Adapted from Fitness Magazine
1 Dozen Fresh Organic Strawberries, washed
1 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
½ Vanilla Bean, caviar removed
2 Tablespoons of Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
In a small mixing bowl combine the greek yogurt and vanilla caviar. Mix until evenly blended. Add in the chocolate chip and mix again. Keep in the fridge until ready to enjoy. Dip your strawberries in the yogurt for a deliciously decadent yet guilt-free treat.