Tip of the Month
Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month
I eat at least one piece of chocolate a day, and have always wondered why all chocolates don’t taste the same. Therefore, I did some research on chocolate and I wanted to share what I found. When choosing chocolate in the future, be it as a snack, to cook with, or to give as a gift, here are three things to look for in making the best choice.
First, when selecting chocolates you should always look at the chocolate first and inspect it. You should be looking for chocolate that has a glossy surface. They should not have any bubbles/ blemishes, and they should not look cloudy or gray. If the chocolate that you have chosen to eat has any of the above qualities it could mean that the chocolate has been exposed to extreme temperatures during processing or handling. Good chocolate should also have a clean, hard snap to it. Any chocolate that bends or crumbles upon breaking is either low quality or just plain old.
Second, high quality chocolate will have a strong chocolate smell. Chocolate picks up aromas; therefore, if you smell it before eating it you will be able to tell a lot about it. If it has a freezer smell, it probably means that the chocolate has been in the freezer for too long. If it has a spicy smell, it could mean that it has been stored with spices. A good way to confirm your chocolate is still good, or is good quality, is to warm it up by rubbing your fingers over the top of it. Next, smell the chocolate. If the chocolate has a strong chocolate smell then it is a good quality. If it doesn’t have a chocolate smell, or smells of spices, vanilla, or anything else it means that it won’t taste like chocolate either.
Finally, taste the chocolate. You want chocolate that is smooth and melts in your mouth. Good chocolate will have a velvety texture. If it feels waxy, sandy, or slippery then it is most likely not a high quality chocolate and has not been made with real cocoa butter, but cocoa butter equivalents.
Choosing chocolate can be a fun experience and if chosen right can be fun, healthy and satisfying to your sweet tooth.
Tip of the Month: May 2014
Carrie Mark, MA, RDN, LDN
Looking back through the past months of tips, I am inspired by the wealth of information our members have to share! We truly are entrepreneurs with a nutrition heart!
“Careful of words to self” – that is the tip that I wish to share. If you haven’t read “The 4 Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, please take a meaningful hour to read and then months/years to savor.
His quoteable words: “Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.”
I have studied this premise and often use it with my eating disorder clients because if we are careful with our words to others, we first should be careful with how we speak to self.
As entrepreneurs, or hopeful entrepreneurs, we often repeat to ourselves what we fear, what our challenges are and where our failures lurk. This negativity is draining at best and self-fulfilling at worst! If we instead remind ourselves of our strengths, our past and possible future accomplishments, we are much more likely to actualize. We become stronger, more capable, and more confident, more accomplished and best yet, more positive with others!!
When we say supportive words to ourselves, we are likely to project positivity to those we work with, socialize with and live with! That spells success in any arena.
Tip of the Month: April 2014
Barb Andresen, RDN, LDN
Lisa Nelson RD
Make the most of where you are now to get to where you want to be in the future. So many of us are working in areas of nutrition just to “get the experience”. Well, if this is you, make the most of it. You will take something away from each and every experience and use it in your dream position. Get your day to day “to-dos” completed and then find ways to start working toward that dream job.