Chocolate-Jan's guilty pleasure!
Wow, here we are winding down the year, and I can't think of a better time to talk about something in life that makes me very very HAPPY...............
CHOCOLATE.......just makes my day! Actually I love to eat chocolate after dinner at night...
There are sereral types of chocolate that are part of my daily diet.
Raw chocolate nibs and Dark chocolate bars...According to research studies dark chocolate-can lower high blood pressure, and has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea. Antioxidants protect the body from all those free radicals which speed up the aging process.
Chocolate also contains more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium is the number one mineral deficiency in the west. It is the most powerful stress relieving mineral. It relaxes the muscles and builds strong bones and teeth.
Okay, so let's think about this...raw and dark chocolate do all of these wonderful things for us.
lower blood pressure
fill us with antioxidants
provide a very necessary mineral for stress relief,and building of bone and teeth
But there is one catch....Im not talking about snickers bars or M&M's!!! Im talking about real raw chocolate, which is pretty bitter or 70% + dark chocolate.
You can order raw chocolate nibs on line..(Live Superfoods.com) I gind these up in a coffee grinder into a powder and make "hot chocolate with almond milk"... except my hot chocolate means barely warm...enough to dissolve the cocolate... but if you are not full swing into a raw diet yet ....heat it on up... I warm the milk and add 2 teaspoons of the ground raw chocolate, add some raw agave and then pour it through a strainer to remove any little floating chocolate pieces.
For the dark chocolate bars I buy Black and Greens or Dagoba dark chocolate bar. You can buy them at Whole Foods, or I have found Black and Greens in the Health food section of Kroger. Also if you ask these grocery stores that have a health food section to order items for you, them are more than happy to help!
So show yourself some love and enjoy some dark chocolate during the Holidays and keep the tradition going through 2010, it's really good for you!........ Just one other little catch-PORTION! Don't go crazy with it, just enjoy it!
Until next time....
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