Don’t worry: we haven’t gone soft. But we do realize that life (or a loved one) calls for a bit of indulgence once in a while. With all of the delectable options out there, why settle for the typical processed and/or sugar-laden desserts?
Think fresh fruit paired with artisan block and mascarpone cheeses, toasted nuts with sweet root vegetables, and ingredients like dark chocolate, cocoa, unsweetened coconut, fresh cream, rich butter, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey if that’s your thing. The idea here is to favor the least processed, highest benefit treats.
Let’s face it. While we may enjoy our day-to-day diet choices, thank you very much, it can seem a little daunting to plan a dinner party, anniversary dinner, cocktail hour, or other special occasion when not everyone shares those choices. Before you break out the French bread, cocktail crackers and buttered fingerling potatoes, here are a few easy alternatives that might satisfy the entire crowd, including you, the host/hostess. No more sitting out at your own party.
Earlier today we highlighted some approaches to intermittent fasting and recommended a condensed eating window for those who were new to IF. Over time, many people who regularly IF with the condensed approach develop their “ideal” timing and balance to food intake during their eating windows.
For those who are new to the approach, we thought we’d offer up a simple (and easily modified) set of ideas for inspiration. Include all or some of the items in your condensed eating window, depending on your appetite and available time to cook. While we believe in including a good variety of nutrient rich food, we think it’s important to let your body’s signals guide your portions. Don’t feel you need to eat the amount you would normally eat in a regular day.
What can we say? We love good food, and we appreciate that you do too. The post has been popular, and we appreciate your comments and requests.
As we mentioned last week, we’ve been working on incorporating more seasonal fare into the menu as reader Sonagi requested. Shopping seasonally is, of course, not only good for the environment but good for the nation’s farmers and your wallet. Spring is finally beginning to peep through (even for your folks in the Upper Midwest—poor souls), and the stores are gradually picking up early spring produce and herbs. We thought it was the perfect time for incorporate some of spring’s best. Interested in learning more about seasonal fare? Check out the CUESA website.
Folks, we read your requests for more of this post, and here it is! We know practical is popular, and we won’t leave you hanging. Look for more installments in the future. And we also heard the call for more seasonal options. We’re still tinkering with that one, but expect a spring menu soon. In the meantime, thanks so much for your comments, tips and conversation. Keep ‘em coming, and Bon Appétit!
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