It was love at the first sight. Chocolate, I can’t remember exactly when we first met but I knew I would never let you go. You’ve been always on my side since then, even when I decided to not see you for days (Oh believe me, I had my reasons!) you would never feel rejected. You would be patient and stay away. We all knew that I would invite you to my place soon again.
Happiness is around the house when you are in, dear pasta. Every bite is a piece of heaven, butterflies (farfalle) in my stomach. Probably I was longing to see you since the morning when I woke up, looking forward to date you after a day of hard work. I love seeing you in candle light, just the way you are, topped with a touch of grated parmesan. A firework of endorphins would put me to sleep after an act of pure love.
Just the smell of you takes me back in time. I remember sitting on the lawn in the backyard, feeling the grass between my fingers, waiting for my grandma to call us inside the house: Who wants a piece of Appel Pie? The excitement when I opened the garden door and a breeze of freshly baked smell blew into my face. Memories I share with you, over and over again.
Imagine writing a love letter to your sweetest food temptation. What would it be? What would you feel? Would it nourish your body or would it nourish your soul?
We all have those days we care less about the nutrition content in our food when craving and food hugs is the only thing that counts. Make sure you enjoy without regret! Our love to food is our love to life.
These tips will help you treat yourself wisely:
- Keep sugar content low and choose snacks such as dried fruits and nuts that provide fibre, protein and healthy fats. If you are craving for bread and pasta choose the whole grain alternative or vegetable pasta.
- Plan your treats as you do with your workout. Don’t completely keep yourself away from foods you desire but leave certain sweets for “the special days”. A piece of cake can easily be as calorie-rich as a lunch meal with most of the energy coming from processed sugar.
- Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. Less sugar, more of the good stuff! Cocoa is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant potential and has been the matter of many studies on its beneficial effects on oxidative stress, blood pressure regulation and atherosclerosis.