Festive Dark Chocolate!
Are you still trying to maintain a healthy balance in the midst of all the holiday parties? Hang on, we still have a ways to go. It’s hard, I know, to juggle your every day life and time constraints along with the rush of the season, and now someone is asking you to bring dessert to the shindig. Time is not the only thing you’re struggling to keep in balance. You do have to consider where you will find time to make something, but more importantly, how will dessert mesh with your health goals?
In this case, as with many, simple is best. When I’m asked to bring a dessert, I often start with dark chocolate. This festive holiday bark takes about 5 minutes hands on time and then needs at least an hour in the fridge….but can be made well in advance if that suits your time constraints better.
The key to making a healthy chocolate dessert is buying good quality, high cacao content dark chocolate. There are many varieties to choose from, so just be sure the one you buy is at least 70% pure cacao. There are health benefits to dark chocolate (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, it boosts brain power, lowers blood pressure and helps reduce inflammation), and the pistachios will add a bit of protein, but let’s be real, this is dessert! Though you’ve made a great choice: you’re making something super tasty that doesn’t have added saturated fat or refined sugar—-BUT, let’s not throw portion control out the window. Enjoy….in moderation!
It’ll be hard, but try not to eat the whole batch yourself!