Stress Relief From Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups (A Recipe to Lighten Your Mood)
Stress. It's something we can all relate to in some form or another, and it's something we don't necessarily want to be present in our day-to-day life. Yet, for many of us, it is.
So, what can you do when you feel the pressures of life and responsibility dragging your down? EAT. I'm not talking about emotional eating, though many of Americans suffer from that, reaching for the carton of ice cream to kill the pain they may be feeling. No, instead, there are things you can eat and dietary changes that will help you deal with stress either by better preparing you to make it through stressful situations or by warding it off in the first place.
Black tea: This shouldn't really be surprising, but drinking black tea can help you shake off those stressful moments faster than not drinking it according to a study done by scientists at University College London. Drink tea when stressed. Check.
Walnuts: Walnuts and walnut oil lead to a lower resting heart rate according to scientists from Penn State. Lower heart rate = less tension, less stress.
Dark Chocolate: Small amounts of chocolate were shown to be linked to reduced cortisol and catecholamines in Switzerland. Not only that, but small bits of dark chocolate were also linked to losing weight. Chocolate is where it's at.
So, indulge. What if our instinct to eat when stressed is right and we're just reaching for the wrong this? Reach for a rich, dark chocolate dessert, sip some tea. You'll be feeling better in no time.
Dark Chocolate Mousse
2 egg yolks
6 ounces high quality dark chocolate
1/4 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Remove chocolate from the heat and allow to cool slightly. The chocolate should be body temperature. Beat together egg yolks and water, and then mix the egg yolk and water mixture into the chocolate slowly, stirring continuously. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
In a medium to large bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Reserve 2 cups of whipped topping for garnish. Fold the rest of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Fill cups or jars with the chocolate mix and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired Serve cold.
Makes 12 servings.