In my mind, there's a difference between eating healthfully and eating like a 'health-a-holic.'
What is a 'Health-a-holic'?
To me, being a 'health-a-holic' is not healthy at all. If you are a health-a-holic, you may eat foods ONLY because they are healthy, low calorie, low-carb or low-fat. You may count every calorie that goes into your mouth and you may restrict yourself if you don't stick to your diet plan. You may get stomach aches from eating TOO many vegetables. You likely stick to restaurants that you know offer only healthy options. You may exercise obsessively everyday. And you probably don't allow yourself many treat foods, if any at all.
What is 'Healthful Eating'?
I encourage my clients, family, and friends to eat healthfully. What this means to me is including a balance of colorful and bright vegetables and fruits that you enjoy, high-quality protein foods, calcium-rich dairy products or dairy alternatives, essential fats and oils, and satisfying whole grains. It means eating a balanced breakfast within an hour of waking up and having a meal or snack every 3-4 hours thereafter on most days. It means enjoying foods not only because of their health benefits, but also because you actually enjoy them. Healthful eating also means being attentive to your body's natural hunger cues, honouring them by eating, and then respecting your fullness and stopping when you're comfortably full. And it means cutting back where you won't miss it anyway. Healthful eating also means indulging in not-so-healthy foods sometimes without guilt or future restriction. And enjoying. Every. Bite.
If you know me at all, you know that chocolate makes its way into my day at least once. It's what I call my "bliss" food. It's something that I just can't live without. I encourage people to figure out what their "bliss" food is and to have it in a small but satisfying portion often, if not every day. Last night I threw this dessert together for a Fathers Day dessert—it was a hit! If your "bliss" food is either chocolate or ice cream, you'll love this!
Easy Mint Chocolate Frozen Pie
8 oz dark or semi-sweet or 70% dark chocolate, melted in a double boiler
4 cups of rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies)
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (I used Oreo Baking Crumbs)
1/4 cup butter, melted
3-4 cups of your favorite ice cream (I used my fave‚ Mint Chocolate Chip)
Place rice cereal in a large glass bowl and set aside.
Place the cookie crumbs into a small bowl, pour melted butter on top and mix well (should be the consistency of wet sand).
Pour melted chocolate over the rice cereal and mix until well combined.
Transfer the chocolate covered rice cereal to a springform pan. Using a spatula, cover the bottom and half-way up the sides of the pan. Gently press down with the spatula to "crust" is molded to the pan.
Sprinkle the cookie crumb mixture on top of the rice cereal crust and gently press down to make the second layer of the crust. Leave about an inch between the edge of the cookie layer and the sides of the pan.
Transfer the pan to the freezer for 10 minutes and take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften a bit.
Once you've taken the pan out and the ice cream is semi-soft, scoop the ice cream into the pan and distribute evenly.
Transfer to freezer for at least 10 minutes and voila!
PS. My Dad sure did!