13 Health Boosts of Chocolate

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If you’re a chocoholic, I’m sure you’ve heard some sweet buzz lately. That’s because more and more studies are finding the health secrets of chocolate consumption. 

Unfortunately, there’s a catch. It doesn’t fall under the more you eat, the more healthier youll be category. And some forms of chocolate possess more benefits than others. But heck, we’re learning that eating chocolate is actually good for us. How can we not be happy about that?

So, what kind of chocolate are we talking about here? Generally, the darker the chocolate, the higher the benefits. better. This is because dark chocolate contains more cocoa solids, thus more of the “good stuff”, and additionally has less sugar. A good number to shoot for is over 66%.

If you’re typically not a fan of dark chocolate, start with a lower percent first, and gradually work your way up. Chances are you will start to enjoy the taste more and more overtime, and eventually will find milk chocolate too sweet. (Not that I don’t consume my fair share of both types.)

And now for the pdomised list. Keeep in mind this list is not exhaustive, its just the beginning.

13 Things Chocolate Can do for You

Boosts brain power. Because chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, it provides a plathora of benefits. According to Be Brain Fit it aids in problem solving, focus, learning, and concentration. Next time youre taking a test, you may want to have a chocolate bar on hand.

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Chockfull of antioxidants. Chocolate is full of, flavanols, Making it a superfood possible of fighting cancer. According to National Cancer Research Society, indulging in 2-4 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa a day can help reap the benefits

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It lowers your cholesterol, reduces risk of stroke Okay, I know what

Reduces Stress. Amoung, list of minerals, Magnesium

Aides weight loss, lower body mass index. An extra benefit, dark chocolate can curb your food cravings.

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Benefits to Pregnancy. Aides in fetal groth. And as already mentioned lowers blood pressure, making it against preeclempsia.

Lowers risk of cardivascular disease. Improves blood flow,

Read more at NPR

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Fights memory loss. Okay, I know what

It protects your skin. When I was a teenager, it was a popular myth that eating chocolate would cause acne. 

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Improves vision. Okay, I know whatü

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It’s good for your teeth. Okay, I know what you’re thinking, I’m pushing it now. But, studies say different. Turns out, dark chocolate can actually fight tooth decay…better than flouride. You can checkout full article here by AskTheDentist.com

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Supress cough. Chocolate to calm a cough? Believe it or not, a study, reported by DailyMail, found chcolate based cough medicines to be an effective and even quicker remedy for a stubborn cough. A person may even get some relief from sucking on a square of chocolate. Contrarly, hot cocoa wasnt found beneficial.

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It boosts your mood. I dont need a study for this one. I can vouch for this one. If we want to get technical, its thanks to its phenylethylamine , the same chemical our brain releases when falling in love. I get that.

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Conclusion

Good news: Dark chocolate has been promoted to a superfood.

Bad news: You only need to eat @1 ounce a day to reap most of the benefits.

Community Share- Bake & Take: Pies

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 Hello Bakers!

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In honor of Pi Day, we’re hosting our first official Bake & Take


What is a Bake & Take?

Step #1

Bake something scrumptious. This month: Pies



Step #2

Take a photo of your masterpiece and link in the comment section.

 



Step #3

Sit back, while the foodie community salivates over your culinary creation.


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Happy Baking!

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Up Next: Spring Desserts

 

The Best 13 Chocolate Cereals Ranked

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National Cereal Day

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Flakes and Puffs, Krispies and Crunches, most of us can agree that there’s just something satisfying about cereal. 

The experience starts in the grocery store. As I wander down the cereal aisle, scouting the brightly colored boxes, flaunting teethy-grinned cartoon mascots and promises of magical prizes hiding inside, I can’t help feeling a bit nostalgic. As a kid, there was nothing more enjoyable, than hunkering down in front of the television with an overflowing bowl of cereal, watching Saturday morning cartoons. Most of the time, Mom tried to keep us on the healthier side of the kid-cereal-spectrum, stocking the pantry with Cheerios or Rice Krispies. But, every once and a while, my brothers and I would catch a break. A sale. A coupon. A shopping trip with Dad. Eureka-Hello marshmallows for breakfast.

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As much as I indulge in chocolate, I still have to adult-it up most the time with blander, grown-up choices. But, every once and a while, I find an excuse. A sale, a coupon, or the kids go shopping trip with Grandpa and then it’s, “Good morning, Count Chocula. Now let’s watch cartoons.”

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In honor of National Cereal Day, we’re counting down the top chocolate cereals in the US. Rankings have been determined by customer reviews. It should be noted that all of these cereals ranked high with customers, averaging 4 stars and up. Seems to me, kids and kids-at-heart, adore their chocolate cereal.

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#3


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and the # 1 rated chocolate cereal…

What would you rate the best cereal? Please share in the comment section below!

This Valentine’s Day Ditch the Flowers, Buy Her Chocolate

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Agatha Chocolats

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Dear Cupid,

Those Valentine Roses are Going to Cost You…

Nope, the price of roses hasn’t risen this year. They will cost you the same astronomical inflated dollars they always have. You see, it’s not the damage to your wallet we’re talking about here, it’s the potential damage to your relationship. Those flowers you gift her on Valentine’s Day come with an underlying message. Get it wrong, and your relationship status will update to Loves Me Not.
 
Let me break it down.
 
What he thinks: This Valentine’s Day, I’m giving her flowers. I can’t go wrong here. It’s the gift that says I’m romantic.
What she thinks: Well that depends on a few things…

 
The Delivery
Did he send the flowers to your home?
What she thinks:  What’s the point, no one else will even see them. Is he embarrassed of me?
 
Did he send them…

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Tis the Season for a Chocolate Mystery🎁

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Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Just wanted to announce that Thirteen Chocolates is now available in paperback in the Amazon store.🍫


For a limited time, buy the paperback, and get the ebook for free.



Great gift idea for someone on your list, ….or for yourself. (Personally, I’m always looking for an excuse to take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.)

Happy reading, everyone!

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Suds or Duds? Chocolate Bath Gifts

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It’s no secret, I love chocolate. Some may even say I’m obsessed by it. But, do I want to bathe in it?

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All day long surrounded by the lingering scent of decadent chocolate, luring me into the bakery, the ice cream shop, the chocolate shop. Sounds simply aweful.

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 Buy it by the bar.

Chocolate mint soap

Or, buy it as a liquid.

Chocolate Passion Shower Wash

OR, buy it as a solid that dissolves into a liquid.

Chocolate Bath Bombs

(The worst part about these soaps is that they look delicious. One may find it hard to resist a taste, and then quickly regret it.)

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For the single woman, that was brought up with the theory that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach:

Bath and Bodyworks Temptations’ Wickedly Hot Chocolate Lotion

So, smelling like the third course of dinner will theoretically drive your date cocoa loco.

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Although, I wouldn’t suggest rubbing bacon behind your ears.

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And for the man, who wants to be as irresistible as Ben and Jerry:

Axe Shower Gel Dark Temptations

 

 

From the product description:

Subtle aroma of chocolate with fresh gourmet scents;

Combines hot chocolate, amber and red peppercorn notes;

Unlimited female attraction”

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Although, I’m guessing that this scenario is more realistic:

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So what do you think of these chocolate scented bath products? Money well spent? Or, money down the drain?

 

Please share in the comment section below.

Gift these suds?

Trash these duds?

Or, keep them for yourself?

Hot or Not? S’mores Maker

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We’re continuing our Christmas idea list with an interesting appliance.

Item of the day: Nostalgia Electric S’mores Maker, sells for @$30 here on Amazon.

 

What could be better than roasting marshmallows over an open fire, er, heat source, in the comfort of your own home? No bugs. No flames. No hair full of campfire soot. 

Personally, I think this is a fun item. Perfect for an afternoon snack, a slumber party, or a family night at home. But, is it practical? Does it warrant a $30 price tag?

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Part of my brain argues: “Can one really put a price tag on memories?”

But, come on. Do I really want to store one more appliance? 

Then again, it is a chocolate appliance.

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As you can see, I’m on the fence on this one. What do you think? Is this a good purchase? 

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Let me know your thoughts below.

Wrap it?

Trash it?

or…Keep it for yourself? 

(As always, I’m not affiliated with any of these products). I’m just here for the chocolate…and the good company.