I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.
This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream...read full post »
I think this warm chocolate pudding is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s also one of my favorite standby chocolate dessert recipes because it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up, I usually have all the ingredients I need for it on hand (eggs, milk, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and cornstarch) and my husband’s crazy for it. Plus it’s a lot healthier than most chocolate puddings made with heavy cream and whole milk—it’s low in fat, cholesterol and OK even if you’re on a diet.
The real beauty is that only you need to know what an easy, quick dessert this is (like our equally decadent...read full post »
Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).
For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.
Before you...read full post »
Special occasions like Valentine’s Day can be tough on dieters, but there are plenty of healthy Valentine’s Day treats that won’t break the calorie bank (or your diet). Check out these delicious ideas that won’t leave you, or your sweetie, feeling deprived:
• Take the traditional approach of offering your significant other rich and delicious chocolate confections. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants and, savored in small doses, absolutely fits into a weight-friendly diet. A tasty (but trim) option: chocolate fondue. Or make the gift an even bigger show of your love by taking the time to find yummy and...read full post »