Friday Feast: Celebration Dessert

There are five primary areas of practice to the Writer Wellness plan. Every other week I will post an idea for relaxation (Monday Meditation,) creative play (Tuesday Tickle,) fitness and exercise (Wednesday Workout,) journaling and misc. (Thursday Thought,) and nutrition (Friday Feast.)

Food and celebrating often go hand-in-hand. We celebrate a night of rest by having breakfast. We pay homage to a morning of work with lunch. Accomplishing another full day of love and work is recognized with dinner. Every meal can and should be savored and respected. That equates to healthy choices and moderation coupled with plenty of exercise to monitor the effects of over celebrating, if you know what I mean!

It is a documented and publicized fact that many chronic diseases in America can be challenged successfully with proper nutrition and exercise. Good nutrition does not mean cutting out all the tasty, fun flavors that are naturally found in fruits and juices. This recipe can help those who are looking for ways to honor good food choices with a light, refreshing dessert that doesn’t over-do the celebration factor of a good meal. While this dessert contains sugar, it is not in excess. In food as in life, it is excess that sometimes leads to problems. If you can’t eat sugar, try using a sugar substitute and choose juices without added sugar. Again 100% juice without added sweeteners is the best. To avoid the sugar in the sparkling juice, use club soda.

For a festive, easy, and inexpensive treat, Celebration Gelatin Dessert is the winner. It looks like a glass of chilled champagne but is friendly to everyone because it’s made with sparkling juice. The sparkling juice naturally makes a fizzy top that resembles the bubbles in champagne and everybody will get a tingle on the tongue as the gelatin sparkles all the way down. Cheers! 

Celebration Gelatin Dessert

1 package or 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin

1 cup 100% white grape juice, chilled

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 cup non-alcoholic sparkling white grape juice (any flavor sparkling juice will work)

4 chilled champagne glasses

Pour the chilled white grape juice into a sauce pan. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin on the surface of the juice and let sit for one minute. Preheat stove burner to medium-low while gelatin is dissolving. After one minute, heat the gelatin mixture stirring with a whisk. Once liquid is slightly hot, whisk in and dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. 

Slowly add the sparkling white grape juice while whisking into the gelatin mixture. Room temperature sparkling juice creates more foam and adding it slowly retains the foam for a bubbly champagne appearance. Pour the mixture into chilled champagne or dessert glasses. Chill in refrigerator for approximately 6-8 hours. Serves 4.

Meanwhile, remember to look for a digital or print copy of Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity at Who Dares Wins Publishing,

And check out these great blogs for ideas to keep your writing and publishing healthy and prosperous. Bob Mayer Jenni Holbrook Kristen Lamb Inspiration for Writers, Inc. 

Be well, write well.