Game Day Goodie: Happy Heart Dessert

Choco

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Fruit contains fiber making it a heart healthy choice. Berries are high in fiber making them the ideal dessert treat, especially when paired with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has earned its health claims as the cocoa bean is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which helps the body recover and fight off disease and illness. So if you need a tasty treat…a few bites might do your heart some good.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries (about 25 medium strawberries)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate pieces
  • Saucepan
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Rinse the strawberries under cool running water and gently pat dry. The strawberries need to be completely dry before dipping, let air dry if needed.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate: Fill the bottom of the saucepan with an inch or two of water and bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Put all of the chocolate into the top of the heatproof bowl and set this over the simmering water. Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally, until no more lumps remain. Remove the bowl with the chocolate from heat.
  3. Set the bowl of melted chocolate in front of you on a towel. Place the dried strawberries to your left. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Lightly dip the strawberries. Working with one strawberry at a time, grasp the strawberry by the top leaves and dip it into the chocolate. Turn or swirl the strawberry as needed to completely coat it in chocolate. Lift the strawberry out and shake gently to remove excess chocolate.
  5. Carefully lay the dipped strawberry on its side on the baking sheet. Repeat with dipping the remaining strawberries.
  6. Let the strawberries sit until the chocolate coating is set and dry to the touch. You can put the baking sheet in the fridge to speed this along

Nutrition Facts per serving (Serving size: 3 dark chocolate dipped strawberries)

Calories: 214 Fat: 12 gm, Protein: 3 gm, Carbohydrates: 27 gm, Fiber: 3.5 gm

 

Author: Amy Goodson

Amy Goodson
Bio

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.Currently Amy is the full-time sports dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine where she works with athletes of all levels, serves as a media dietitian and speaks to sports teams as well as at a variety of nutrition, athletic training and coaching conferences. Amy is the sports dietitian for Texas Christian University Athletics, University of Texas at Arlington Athletics and is the consulting sports RD for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Dallas Soccer Team and Jim McLean Golf School where she works with amateur and professional golfers. Amy also works with a variety of triathlon, marathon and endurance athletes in the DFW area. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Amy recently co-authored a sports nutrition book for triathletes “Swim, Bike, Run—Eat”.

Twitter: @amy_goodson_rd

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