Screw Valentines! Let’s celebrate a holiday that will never make you feel lonely or less than–figuratively or Literally! HAPPY HAVE A BROWNIE DAY!! (And if you really want a Valentines Blog–check out my Survival Guide from last year). And if you feel self loathing go check out Love the skin you’re in now.
Instead of hearts and flowers, lets discuss 14 ways a brownie makes you a better person.
1) Chocolate triggers the same neurons in the brain that sex does–in other words chocolate wakes up your serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant. So: eat more brownies and you’ll be happier. And probably nicer.
2) Cocoa/chocolate has a higher flavanol content per weight than most foods according to Health Herbal’s Website so it’s a better antioxidant than a glass of wine or an apple, according to the site. Get your antioxidants on by eating brownies!
3) The act of baking brownies allows you feel organized while slowing you down When you bake you have to read directions, be organized, do one thing at a time–doing a recipe makes you go step by step and slow your life down.
4) Inversely–the waiting for the brownies to come out of the oven returns you to a state of childlike innocence–which we all should have. Waiting in anticipation for the ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness to come of the oven makes me feel like I’m 10 again. I liked being 10.
5) No one really wants to eat an entire pan of brownies by themselves–so brownies encourage fellowship. Here’s 52 ways to make new friends from
The Food Network: 50 Brownie Recipes
Black Bean (Vegan) Brownie by Happy Herbivore
And. A grain free Black Forrest Brownie by my friend Tamika at She Flew The Coop
6) A brownie can also make for good alone time. If you don’t want to make friends–or want to be sensible about calorie consumption here is a recipe for “brownie in a mug”
1/4 c flour
1/4 c sugar–plain white, not big chunky sugar
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBSP water
2 TBSP oil–I suggest vegetable or coconut oil. (Olive tastes a little weird)
Pinch of salt. (Optional)
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Put dry ingredients in a cup and mix. Add wet ingredients. Mix. Put in microwave for 2ish min. Let cool a little–it will be molten lava hot. Add ice cream or whipped cream if desired and eat!!
7) Making brownies make you you in touch with your creative/artistic side. No one needs to make brownies–they are a want. A desire. Anything that isn’t just a fuel food, and even those, I recommend you slow down and take the time to–without trying to sound overly hokey or new-agey–be in touch with the food. It really does taste better. I’ve stopped making food when I’m not in a creative mindset when I start. Especially baking. It always comes out better and it’s not as stressful a process for me.
8) It makes your house smell good. Which makes you happier. (Is it cheating to go back to “happier”?) Seriously–who ever walked into a house and said, “Yuck, your house smells like brownies”? Happy, yummy smelling homes are always lovely. Sometimes I put a pot on the stove with lots of water and I sprinkle cinnamon and cloves in the water and put it on to boil…
9) Brownies make you smarter–or at least after you read a few facts on Brownies, you can wow people at parties. Like the origin of brownies according to Sweet Tooth Design, The Brownie came from a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the late 19th century. It all started when Bertha Palmer wanted to requested a special dessert for ladies attending the Chicago 1893 World Fair. What she wanted was a dessert that is smaller than a piece of cake, though still retaining cake-like characteristics and easily eaten from boxed lunches. Eventually the first brownie was made, specially topped with walnuts and an apricot glaze. It was an instant hit at that time and this same recipe still remained and served today at “The Palmer House Hilton” in Chicago. If you want to be a super nerd–go to your favorite search engine and look up brownie facts–it’s a black hole of chocolatey goodness.
10) Sugar is energy and energy is good! (Ok, so you’ll probably sugar crash…but hey, after eating a brownie or 6, you might be motivated to write that novel or clean out the garage or practice your OCD!)
11) Make yourself a brownie conversationalist! It brings out friendly debate: nuts or no nuts? Chewy or cakey? Corner or center piece? Which mix is the best (Ghirardelli double chocolate is my fave, but Munchkin is chiming in and likes Duncan Hines)? Everyone has an opinion–go ahead, next time you’re with people, start a brownie conversation!
12) They make you smile. It’s impossible to say “brownie” without smiling…. Well you can. But the “eeee” sound at the end of the word lifts the corners of your mouth. Go ahead–try it… especially in front of a mirror or your phone in selfie mode… Its fun!
13) They remind you to have options! Some days you feel like double chocolate. Some days: nuts. Some days: chips. Some days: Classic standard. Make your days or your hours, your dinners or your lunches, your clothing or your routine different–give yourself different options each day!
14) Fill your life like brownies fill a pan. It might have starts out a whole lot of different things, but it melds together into a magical yummy treat.
Ok. So some of these were a stretch and some of these just made you hungry. But too many people take certain holidays seriously… I just wanted to remind you that it doesn’t have to be. Go out and celebrate all of the February holidays and Live ClareLesley!
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