Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dark Chocolate~Orange Martini

Now I'll admit I haven't made this yet...but the weekend is upon us! And really...what's not to love about this little sip of orange-chocolate deliciousness? Remember...dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that protect the body. A little bit of dark chocolate (think Dove dark chocolate bar) daily gives you the antioxidant flavonoid compound epicatechin which promotes the elasticity of blood vessels and healthy circulation.

A small daily serving of dark chocolate helps support: 

   healthy blood pressure levels
   reduced LDL cholesterol levels
   reduced risk of blood clots
   increased levels of pleasurable endorphins such as phenylethylamine
   increased levels of the good mood neurotransmitter serotonin

Dark Chocolate~Orange Martini 
(Adapted from Food Network's Chefs Recipe)

Mix 2 tablespoons each raw turbinado sugar and finely chopped dark chocolate on a plate. Use a chefs knife with a rocking motion and grind up a dark chocolate bar. Dove will do nicely...perfectly ok to nibble a bit as you go. Combine 2 ounces each chocolate liqueur and vodka, 1 ounce chilled espresso, 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice and a strip of orange zest in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake well for 10-15 seconds. Run a slice of orange around the rim of a chilled martini glass and dip it in the sugar-chocolate mixture. Strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with an orange wedge.

I was thinking this would also be delicious if you went raspberry instead of orange...I'd use Chambord instead of the orange liquor, leave out the espresso...( Oh does that mean more vodka?) Moisten the rims with the berries for extra flavor and float a couple of fresh berries in the glass..I'll try it and report my findings...

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