We shouldn't have to completely avoid some of the foods that make us feel happy. The beauty of food is there are always healthier and higher quality versions of the food we love but are damaging to our bodies. Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or laying low at home, make sure your 3 C's contain powerful antioxidants and do something nourishing to your body.
Chocolate: The darker the better. Aim for 75% cacao or higher. Dark chocolate contains flavonols (a type of antioxidant) that improve cognitive function and even provide UV protection for your skin. Choosing quality chocolate feels more like a treat, which allows you to appreciate it more and prevent eating it. Say no to “dutch” chocolate as it contains less flavonols and look for cocoa butter as the first ingredient, not sugar.
Cookies: Opt for homemade cookies from a beloved source or make them yourself. This way you know exactly what ingredients are in them so you avoid triggering any food sensitivity symptoms. When making cookies, choose the highest quality ingredients to nurture your body, you deserve it. Check out this tummy loving cookie recipe.
Champagne: The real stuff? From Champagne, France. The benefits? Drinking moderate (no over-indulging here) amounts improves short term memory and like chocolate, also contains flavonols that are helpful for cognitive function. Champagne contains the antioxidant, resveratrol which strengthens heart health by reducing bad cholesterol and reducing damage to blood vessels. In terms of calories and sugar…champagne has less than wine and beer and its bubbles seem to help you drink slower and feel more full. Best alternatives to champagne is Crémant, which is a sparkling wine that often has the same consistent quality as champagne but more affordable. Champagne alternatives also have the above beneficial antioxidants.
Don't drink champagne? Dazzle a mocktail with sparkling mineral water, shrubs, herbs, and fruit.
**Special note** The antioxidants in champagne are actually good for your face! Cheers to making a champagne detox mask.
Champagne Detox Face Mask from hello glow
1/4 cup champagne
4 ounces powdered clay such as bentonite or red clay
1.5 - 2 tablespoons of plain, full-fat yogurt
Start with the powdered clay in a mixing bowl and slowly pour in the yogurt. Start with 1.5 tbsp. of yogurt and gently mix the cream and clay as you pour. Then add in the champagne, mixing the mask the entire time. Apply to face and neck before it starts to dry. The mask should take about 20 minutes to dry. Then rinse with warm water and a washcloth.