Too Fat, He's a High Calorie Recipe
I've noticed a trend lately in
a few women's magazines. The cover
will feature some weight loss
miracle, for the hundredth time
(they nearly always feature that
topic) and it will be nestled
amongst the recipes for fancy
desserts like Sour Cream Chocolate
Cake. What's up with that? A recent
Women's World had an article entitled
"5 Delicious Ways to Beat
Stress." The idea was based
on the premise that high stress
levels can contribute to weight
gain. Their answer? Five high
calorie desserts! Here they are,
along with my best guess as to
why they were chosen.
Chocolate Milk Cake.
The "stress reduction"
factor is due to the calcium.
It includes evaporated milk, nonfat
dry milk, and 1 1/2 cups of milk.
Research shows calcium lowers
stress, and less stress equals
weight loss, so eating cake made
with lots of milk will reduce
stress. Uh, okay. Dumb logic,
but there you go. The worst part?
It serves 16. When's the last
time you baked a two-layer cake
expected it to serve 16? That's
A sheet cake with chocolate frosting.
I'm not sure what the surprise
is supposed to be, but they named
it, not me. The stress reduction
in this goodie is based on ground
flaxseed. A healthy addition indeed,
but adding it to baked goods is
not the best way to get extra
nutrients. I'm not knocking the
idea, just, ya know, cake and
frosting isn't suddenly good for
you because you tossed in some
flaxseed. This recipe also serves
16 (surprised?). Bake a sheet
cake and draw lines on top to
designate 16 servings. When you're
done laughing, pour a big glass
of milk and sit down with your
teensy piece and thank Women's
Day for the idea.
Speaking of milk, a glass of
milk reduces stress (and has far
fewer calories than any of these
desserts) and due to the tryptophan,
it can help make you sleepy. That's
why warm milk is recommended before
No Bake Orange Cheesecake.
This lovely has orange juice,
gelatin, cream cheese, sweetened
condensed milk (a diet food if
I ever saw one), lemon juice,
orange zest, and whipped topping.
Raise your hand if you can guess
why this cheesecake will help
reduce stress? Give up? It's the
vitamin C you silly! Vitamin C
is shown to relieve anxiety, so
there you go. Eat cheesecake,
and you'll feel better, at least
you will according to Women's
Frozen Hot Chocolate
with Whipped Cream. I
notice they used lite frozen whipped
topping, but they also used h.ot
chocolate, chocolate chips, half-and-half
(okay, the fat-fr.ee version)
and a garnish sprinkling of cocoa
powder with chocolate sticks for
flair. This little yummy contains
over 400 calories each serving.
Why is this going to help reduce
stress? Chocolate, of course.
Who hasn't heard how chocolate
is good for you. There's even
a book about how we (women) need
chocolate like we need air. If
only. Don't get me wrong. I'm
a regular chocolate eater, but
I'm not pretending I eat it for
a health benefit. I also eat a
couple pieces and put away the
rest for another day (you can
learn to do it too in my 8-week
course). On the other hand, if
having chocolate around would
cause me to overeat, that wouldn't
be doing much for reducing my
stress now would it?
So are these suggestions a healthy
way to lower stress or just an
excuse to eat? It seems the stress
benefits will be gone once you
eat half a cake. Instead, go to
a restaurant just for dessert.
It's a wonderful treat, and you
don't have the whole pan of leftover
brownies staring at you once you
& Cocoa: 'Healthy' Benefits
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