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VALENTINE’S DAY RED WINE STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM
These spiced, red-wine-infused strawberries are a perfect Valentine’s sweet for when those candy hearts are saying all the wrong things and flowers just aren’t cutting it.
Get your fix with flavanoid-rich red wine and antioxidant-packed strawberries this year, and you can even let a date have some if you’re willing to share.
In a medium pot, bring wine, 2 tablespoons sugar, star anise and orange peel to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil until well reduced and syrupy, about 15 minutes; discard star anise and orange peel. Transfer hot syrup to a large bowl with strawberries and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight. To serve, stir remaining 1 tablespoon sugar into fromage blanc and spoon over berries.
PER SERVING:310 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 24g sugar), 12g protein
Recipe credit www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight, we have hot V Day dates planned with a couple that never lets us down—red wine and dark chocolate. Red wines and chocolate are rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids possess potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related degenerative diseases. When you are picking out your bottle, go for Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah, or Pinot Noir as they contain the highest levels of flavanoids. As for the chocolate, the darker the better. Chocolate with a higher cocoa percentage contains more nutrients and less additives like sugar and milk which translate to calories and fat. Whether you’re spending your evening solo or with a special someone, don’t forget to enjoy that wine and chocolate in moderation. If you go overboard, you’ll ruin the mood before you get to your BSE ; )
Vivekan, Bodhisattva Yoga’s founder/co-director, shared this gem with us regarding red wine and breast health!
Alcohol is known to increase estrogen levels fostering the growth of breast cancer cells. However, recent research suggests that moderate red wine drinking can actually ward off this leading form of women’s cancer. Compounds in the red grapes’ skin and seeds lowered estrogen levels, while increasing testosterone levels in premenopausal women. So, go ahead and enjoy that red.
It might be a bit of a burden *wink wink*, but we might just have to take Vivekan’s advice to heart and enjoy a glass here and there.
While you’re sipping on your red, be sure to check out more weekly bits from Vivekan at Bodhisattva Yoga.