I’m a Type A, somewhat high-strung, detail obesessed oriented control-freak (wanna be my friend). Hey, at least I can admit it which means I have multiple ways of combatting my nature. My morning runs give me time to myself and workout the kinks, both mental and physical first thing in the AM. Yoga tags in mid-day to continue the de-stressing. But the end of the day is where it all culminates and I have a secret weapon for taking it down a notch before bed.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE!!!!!
Not a secret? Common couple? I’m not a genius?! (bubble bursts)
Obviously this power couple is nothing I can claim credit for or even a novel idea to most (including me). I have a glass of red wine (always red, never white) and a piece of dark chocolate probably 4 or 5 nights out of 7. I don’t get wine enough to understand proper food pairing and all the talk about undertones and legs makes me a little dizzy before I even take a sip. I do, however, understand that for some reason chocolate tastes better with wine and vice versa.
I’ve never been a big drinker. I have mastered fun with limited amounts of spirits. Probably more fun than the alternative for both me and whoever would have to hold my hair back (admittedly I’ve had plenty of those nights, too). I do love a good beer (and I mean good beer worth every calorie over the light version) and a glass or two of red wine, though.
While poking around on the internet, I found enough articles on wine and chocolate to devote this whole blog to their benefits and pairing (I promise I won’t. PLEASE don’t go!). This one on Livestrong breaks it down in terms I can understand and thanks to Alton Brown and his informative Welch’s grape juice commercials, the word polyphenol is not a foreign language.
Here are the basics. Both red wine and chocolate contain resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant in the polyphenol or flavonoid family (enter Alton’s wise words buried somewhere deep in the brain) that helps protect the body’s cells from damage. The vino y chocolate duo helps protect against heart disease, lowers cancer risk, helps with blood sugar regulation, and protects against dementia.
I may have to make it 7 nights a week. For my health of course. 🙂