December 10, 2009

Healthy Holidays and Double Chocolate Brownies

The holiday season plays hell with everybody's healthy eating habits. What with old family favorites and old family guilts, it's hard to resist another serving... or two.

Here are a few hints to keep you on track:

Keep your eye on portion sizes: Your girlfriends are right - size does matter.

Plan ahead of time: Try to visualize the whole event's menu. Go easy with the appetizers and the drinks. Remember to leave lots of room for the main course and the desserts.

Go for Color: Head for the fresh veggies and the fibre-packed hummus dip.

Go for the Crunch: Reach for the crispy pita triangles, flat bread and melba toast. Top with salsa, bean dips or bruschetta for a lower calorie appetizer.

Switch drinks: Choose a light beer, dry wine or liquor served with diet pop or soda water. Alcoholic beverages can dehydrate you, making you reach for another drink. Alternate the alcohol with sparkling mineral water with slices of lime or lemon.

Keep Active: Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. Do something you enjoy.

For more healthy eating tips, call Nor'West Co-op's Registered Dietitians at 940-2020.

Got some e mails reminding me I haven't mentiond chocolate in quite a while.

Sorry about that. Chocolate goes well with the holidays, too. And what is better than chocolate? Double chocolate, naturally.


greased 9 inch pan
preheat oven to 325º
bake 35 min.

3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
combine in a medium saucepan
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
bring just to a boil
remove from heat
1 cup chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vanilla
stir until smooth
add one at a time
2 eggs
beat well
gradually blend in flour mixture
stir in
1 cup chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped nuts
spread in pan

Have a great weekend. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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