Put Your Best Fork Forward!
You’re going to love these chewy, chocolatey balls of peanut butter deliciousness! Only a metaphorical fork is needed.
Today’s post is about the “eating fork.” Put your best fork forward is the theme for National Nutrition Month®, which is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I last wrote about the “cooking fork” and ways to make healthful food actually taste delicious. Be sure to check out the “pitchfork” too.
The Eating Fork
The eating fork signifies eating with intention and care. I want eating to be the event – not something we squeeze in between two other events. No tossing a meal down as quickly as possible, and no eating in the car. Use that fork, which is nearly impossible to do if you’re eating while driving or otherwise racing to finish a meal. There’s so much mindless eating and rapid eating going on. And they result in too many calories and too little pleasure – so what’s the point! You can put your best fork forward – real or metaphorical – by sitting down to eat and by focusing on the tastes, textures, aromas, pleasure and fullness sensations.
My challenge for you is to pick at least two meals or snacks this week to practice eating with intention or mindfulness. Really pay attention to your food – why you chose to eat it; what it looks like; how it smells; what you expect it to taste like; how it actually tastes; and how the taste, texture and temperature change in your mouth as you chew. Notice how it makes you feel, what you like and don’t like, how your hunger and appetite change.
You don’t actually need to eat with a fork. Enjoy soup with a spoon or a sandwich with your fingers. In fact, in honor of National Nutrition Month®, my gift to you is this recipe for delicious chocolate peanut butter oat balls, a dessert with benefits. No actual fork needed.
- 1 cup pitted medjool or deglet nor dates (4.5 ounces)
- ½ cup raisins
- 6 tablespoons natural peanut butter, creamy style (3.5 ounces)
- ½ cup rolled oats (2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Using a food processor, process the dates and raisins until they become a sticky mass.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until just mixed. You will see pieces of the oats and chocolate chips.
- With damp hands, form about 25 1-inch balls (each weighing about 15 grams).
- That's it! Store them in a sealed container at room temperature or the refrigerator.
I love fruit and adore chocolate. If you do too, you’ll like this dessert with benefits too.