3 Pleasures for the Holiday Season

3 Pleasures for the Holiday Season

Imagine sinking your teeth into dark chocolate fudge studded with caramelized almonds, dried apricots, cranberries, blueberries and raisins. Or, dipping a spoon into a bowl of whiskey raspberries with chocolate mousse and pistachios. Sounds delicious, right?

It may surprise you to learn that both these culinary creations are actually nutritious. Dessert? Nutritious? As it turns out, any guy can whip up an after-dinner treat that doesn’t involve waistline-expanding sugar, refined flour, and unhealthy fats.

The rise of the “Three Pleasures”

These two desserts are among dozens shared on Twitter and Instagram using the #3ForDessert hashtag, which is being popularized by Harvard nutrition scientist Walter Willett.
Fed up with the unhealthy treats available at restaurants, Willett is promoting the “Three Pleasures” — nuts, fruit and dark chocolate — as the ideal ingredients for simple desserts that deliver great taste without being bad for you.

What makes the “Three Pleasures” so good? Fruit is refreshing, naturally sweet and will add colour to your creations. Nuts are crunchy and full of flavour, while dark chocolate beautifully compliments the sweetness of fruit and requires no explanation – It’s chocolate!

Making your own “Three Pleasures” dessert

For a beginner’s “Three Pleasures” dessert, there are no instructions or ingredient amounts. All you need to do is copy the picture – crazy easy! Start with the 3 ingredients listed below and arrange on a small plate, pile into a martini glass, or present on a big platter that people can share.

Start simple with these ingredients:

  • Dark chocolate almond bark

  • Whole almonds

  • Fresh blueberries and blackberries (or fruit in season)

Got some skill in the kitchen or want a good challenge? Here is a “Three Pleasures” recipe that kicks it up a notch.

You’ll be amazed how easy and delicious these healthy desserts can be. Once you’ve tried this, you can swap in different ingredients to mix it up. Serve this dessert, or another of your creation, to a significant other or friends, and they’re bound to be impressed.

Join in the fun on Twitter and Instagram by snapping a photo of your sweet creation and sharing it using the #3ForDessert and #DontChangeMuch hashtags.

The Single Best Full-Body Exercise Anyone Can Do

The Single Best Full-Body Exercise Anyone Can Do

Ever wondered what the most badass exercise on the market is? It’s a full-body move that targets every muscle and boosts both your strength and aerobic capacities quickly. The name of the move? The burpee.

Full-Body Exercise: The Burpee

The burpee is the ultimate strength building full-body exercise. Burpees help you scorch fat, rev up your metabolism and get you conditioned like no other exercise.

The easy 3-step burpee technique:

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  1. Put your hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width and pop your legs back into the starting point for a push-up.
  2. Hold this plank position for a few seconds — add a push-up here if you want to kick things up a notch — then pull your legs forward between your hands. Slowly rise back into a squat with your arms in front of you at shoulder height.
  3. Straighten up into a standing position, and repeat. To boost the cardio benefits of this routine, you can jump into the air as you stand up.

Get Started

Week (1)
2 sets – 5 burpees
Week (2)
3 sets – 5 burpees
Week (3)
3 sets – 7 burpees
Week (4)
3 sets – 10 burpees
Week (5)
3 sets – 12 burpees

Try this routine twice a week, a few days apart, and you’ll see your strength increase in all the muscles being activated through these two powerful exercises.

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Looking for Taco Tuesday inspiration? Look no further!

Looking for Taco Tuesday inspiration? Look no further!

Spice up your weeknight dinner rotation with this healthy chicken tacos recipe. Tacos are a ridiculously tasty way to enjoy Mexican cuisine – they’re quick, filling and flavor-packed. This mouthwatering recipe turns up the heat and features delicious chicken tacos loaded with lean protein. 

Sounds good, right?

Amazing & Healthy Chicken Tacos

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 kg skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 large whole wheat or corn tortillas
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • ½  cup cheddar cheese, shredded or grated
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup guacamole or 1 sliced avocado

Instructions

  1. Wash chicken under cold water and cut into thin strips or bite sized pieces.
  2. Prep the tortillas, lettuce, cheese, salsa and guacamole.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook and stir chicken, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in the hot oil until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon chicken mixture onto each tortilla and top with cheese, lettuce, salsa and guacamole/avocado.

Protip: Nail these fundamentals, then get creative with your own ingredients.

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