Have you ever known people who are on a perpetual diet? The work mates who peel back a thin plastic covering from their frozen square of Weight Watcher dinners, insert in the microwave and devour a puny portion of (what appears to be) flavorless low-calorie “food?” I work with quite a few individuals who fall into that category.
They eat low calorie snacks and frozen meals, decline the offer of a sweet or serving of homemade lasagna, all in the name of losing some weight. You can actually lose weight eating real food with natural ingredients if you adhere to portion control. I will admit to snacking on some of those chemical laden crackers when I was in weight loss mode several years ago. But now, I would rather have fruit or take in the occasional indulgence when the spirit moves me.
This brings me to brownies. Should you eat them every day? Nooooooo. Is it good to have a treat every blue moon without a side dish of guilt? Why yes. Yes it is.
I don’t want to be that person that denies myself year round only to have the same sized derriere after months of deprivation. You have to live. You need chocolate. I honestly believe that, the chocolate credo….enjoying it now and then can boost your spirit. It’s all about balance and portion control when it’s all said and done.
I adapted Donna Hay’s recipe to use what was on hand because…I really and truly wanted some chocolate goodness with my afternoon coffee!
Check out blondies, brownies or bar cookies at I Heart Cooking Club this week. Celebrate little victories!