|Posted on December 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM|
Tis' the season of family dinners and friends sharing cookies and treats. Based on my belief that food is fuel, my eating plan is built around fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs while indulging in treats in moderation. But this time of year, moderation can fly out the window. Like a little kid, I end up spoiling my dinner, allowing goodies to displace those healthier things my body needs to feel, function and perform its best. Because of that, when I am on the giving end, I seek a happy medium between carrot sticks and rich, gooey fudge.
I don't especially enjoy cooking and baking. A recipe that grabs my attention online or in a magazine can quickly lose its appeal with a lengthy ingredient list (5+ items is lengthy in my book) or complex instructions. A favorite concoction of mine is creating simple combinations of dried fruit and nuts. A dried apricot pairs up well with an english walnut half; a pitted date with a pecan. They are sweet and are easy to put together, but also prone to falling apart when packaged for sharing. This year I tried dipping them in melted chocolate covering enough of the fruit nut combo to hold it all together plus make it seem a bit more indulgent to boot. Give this a try if it appeals to you (an you aren't allergic to nuts).