As I slide into middle age I've discovered that on top of the hair loss, body metabolism ebbs. I can no longer shovel down multible burgers, mounds of sugary cereal and fistfuls of gooey deserts. Well I can but there is a disconcerting aftereffect. A protrusion of the stomach.
One very good non-diet diet book suggests nibbling on about an ounce of (70%+ cocoa) chocolate to keep the hands busy and mouth coated with flavor. It seemed to help prevent late night gorging while trying to catch up on the overflowing Tivo list!
I'm not sure which one it was but while perusing the homebrew books at Borders I stumbled accros the the wonders of beer and chocolate! Yuck! I thought but reading on, the explainations of the combo made sense. Even more than wine.
It's fantastic! A swallow of a good brew really cleanses the palate. (Sounds snobby) The carbonation and hop bite scrubs away the chocolaty coating and makes the next taste of chocolate seem like the first. Try it! Make sure its a very dark chocolate.
Until my bottles condition, my late night routine is a foamy glass of Fat Tire Amber and 3 squares of Trader Joes dark. Its something to look forward to and it keeps me away from the evils lurking in the fridge and cupboards. Whadaya know...brew has helped me loose 10 pounds