Other than a box of chocolates, the dessert most synonymous with Valentine’s Day is the strawberry. Finally, a holiday with a love affair with fruit!
Strawberries are an incredibly delicious and healthy fruit. They are an exceptional source of antioxidants. While they are a generous source of vitamin C, that really only applies to the freshest of strawberries. After two days they start losing this vitamin’s potency. The bright red berry helps to regulate blood sugar and fight inflammation. One serving of strawberries is about one cup, or eight large ones. By themselves, on top of yogurt, tossed in a smoothie, or lovingly dipped in chocolate, there are innumerable ways to get at least one serving of this sweet fruit on to your plate every day.
For one special day in particular, treat yourself and your loves to dark chocolate covered strawberries. They’re a sinfully indulgent dessert that is completely guilt free.
The most anticipated day for all guests when I stayed at the Biggest Loser Resort was the day chocolate covered strawberries were served for dessert. Two very large, ripe berries were generously rolled in a dark chocolate and delivered to us with just the faintest sign of condensation (we were in the Utah desert, after all!). There, this dessert added only 91 calories to our 1200 calorie day. And we’d most certainly earned it!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Count two strawberries per person you’re serving. You’ll want the biggest, juiciest ones you can find! Melt a quality dark chocolate; nutritionists recommend at least 65% or higher. Dip each berry in the melted chocolate, set on a platter, and refrigerate until serving time.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pancakes
Prepare your favorite pancake batter and add fresh strawberry slices to it. Cook your pancakes as usual, and then serve with this Chocolate Fudge Sauce from Chef Devin, which uses only agave nectar and unsweetened cocoa powder.
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt Strawberries
Try a variation of these frozen yogurt strawberries. Use Stonyfield’s chocolate Greek yogurt, dip your strawberries (with stems removed) and place the balls in the freezer. Once they’ve set, enjoy a frozen treat unlike any other!
February 10th, 2012