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Chocolate healthy-Is it?

Milk chocolate and white chocolate is less healthy. This is a great excuse to munch a bit, but not a valid reason to include chocolate as a primary food in your weight loss diet plan.

Proof has been found that dark chocolate can have an effect on high blood pressure in certain group of studies. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Chocolate Really Healthier Than it is Delicious?

Chocolate for your health?
While “sweets fats & oils” are low on the food pyramid, soon, they might want to take another look at chocolate. As this natural product from the cacao bean is studied further, it seems like only more good aspects come to light! Chocoholics may have a reason to rejoice, but that doesn’t mean just any chocolate will do, if you want to use it for anti-aging, insulin-sensitizing and fighting off heart disease. If you’re firmly in the ‘vanilla camp’ by all means, skip over this article because you’re about to learn just how amazing this delicious food really is!

The story of chocolate started long ago, with the native people of South America. You probably learned in history class how the ancient Aztec kings would drink up to 10 cups of cocoa-water a day, hoping it would lead to immortality. While it clearly didn’t perform miracles, it was delicious and did help their health. The story continues up to this day, with a discovery on San Blas Island. The people who live there drink many cups of cocoa each day, and when they were studied, they were found to have extremely low incidences of common maladies like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. But don’t just take my word for it, use Google to look up words like “San Blas Island” and “American Journal Clinical Nutrition” as they’ve written up studies on the subject.

If you want to skip the studies, it’s time to cut to the chase on chocolate.
Why is it so good for you?
Chocolate is loaded with anti-oxidants. These special substances fight free-radical damage in the body. Free radicals are caused by oxidization (you, breathing) pollution or chemicals (it’s everywhere) and the regular metabolism of foods, as well as exercise. The more anti-oxidants you have, the better you are at stopping free-radical damage and fighting off signs of aging. But just how much is inside chocolate? Blueberries (and other dark berries) are widely publicized for their anti-oxidant properties…but dark chocolate has 12 times the ORAC value of blueberries! What is ORAC? (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) it’s a statistic that the US Dept. of Agriculture judged.

Second, chocolate contains magnesium. Magnesium not only helps you sleep better, helps you absorb calcium from food better, and helps your heart-health, it also works for your immune system too. Chocolate is one of the easiest natural sources of magnesium. Brazil Nuts also have it, but how common are those? And what if you don’t like them?

Third, it helps with insulin sensitivity. Insensitivity can lead to diabetes, so you want all the sensitivity you can get. Proper blood sugar regulation also helps you maintain steady energy throughout the day. Along with this comes the ability to lower blood pressure and increase vascular health. After all, the big cocoa-drinkers on San Blas have a super low rate of heart disease, and their cocoa is the key.

In researching, you might find that Mars (they make M&Ms and other candies) put up money for scientists to study chocolate. Of course, they would love it if they could find a way for their tasty products to be good for people too. So why didn’t you hear about the study? Because it found that dark, unsweetened chocolate is what works. NOT candy bars, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or sugary sweets. The sugar in sweets causes inflammation and an insulin reaction, so it’s not going to help you. The study results may have disappointed the company, but it can still benefit you!

How much do you need to eat per day?
Only about 2 teaspoons (that’s not much at all!) will give you a beneficial level of all the wonders cocoa has in store. The best type to get, is the lowest sugar possible chocolate. Sugar-free cocoa (also called baking cocoa, bitter chocolate) is ideal, especially if you choose an organic brand. This is JUST cocoa, with nothing else added. Be sure to avoid “Dutch Process” and “Special Dark” varieties as they have been treated, and that removes some of the benefits.

How can you eat it?
Asking a chocolate lover how to eat chocolate may seem a little silly, but when you’re looking at 2 teaspoons per day, for as long as possible, it can become a task. Since it’s sugar-free, you can’t just expect to mix it into milk or water and have something you’ll like. There are plenty of ways to get your 2 teaspoons of health-power per day, when you know about another natural secret: Stevia. Stevia is derived from the leaf of the stevia plant, but it looks like a white powder. It tastes VERY sweet, but it produces no insulin response. It’s also natural and safe, unlike artificial sweeteners. With it, you can sweeten without sugar & inflammation. Now you can add the cocoa to milk, coffee, energy shakes, plain yogurt, and so much more without having to worry if it will taste ‘bitter’.

If you want a mini-recipe that will power up your energy levels, keep you feeling full AND deliver a powerful punch of pure healthiness, try the following mixture:

1 single-serving cup of plain, sugar-free, fat-free plain yogurt (6 oz)
and stir in either 4, 5 or 6 teaspoons of unsweetened, pure cocoa powder,
along with about 1/8th teaspoon stevia (up to ¼ tsp, to taste)
and 2 or more teaspoons of chia seeds

Mix well, and you’ve got enough for two days. (that is, if you can resist the tasty treat for that long!) What do the chia seeds do? They keep you feeling full longer, add calcium, complete protein, and B-vitamins to the mix. They also have more magnesium and are loaded with soluble & insoluble fiber. Don’t worry about tasting them, either, they have no flavor of their own, so you won’t even notice them. Not only is this mixture delicious and super-good for you, it’s also very inexpensive to make. You can spend a bundle on designer yogurts that are loaded with sugar…or you can mix up this simple treat and enjoy all the healthy benefits it conveys.

If there was ever something easy and tasty to do for your health, adding cocoa to your diet is surely at the top of the list! How will you use this to improve your health? Are you ready for more healthy tips and recipes?

About Author
Ready to learn more about chia? Try www.mychiaseeds.com for photos, more Chia Recipes like this one, videos and so much more. Plus, when you visit you can pick up our free cook books, and find out about free shipping too.

Is Chocolate Really Healthier Than it is Delicious?

Chocolate for your health?
While “sweets fats & oils” are low on the food pyramid, soon, they might want to take another look at chocolate. As this natural product from the cacao bean is studied further, it seems like only more good aspects come to light! Chocoholics may have a reason to rejoice, but that doesn’t mean just any chocolate will do, if you want to use it for anti-aging, insulin-sensitizing and fighting off heart disease. If you’re firmly in the ‘vanilla camp’ by all means, skip over this article because you’re about to learn just how amazing this delicious food really is!

The story of chocolate started long ago, with the native people of South America. You probably learned in history class how the ancient Aztec kings would drink up to 10 cups of cocoa-water a day, hoping it would lead to immortality. While it clearly didn’t perform miracles, it was delicious and did help their health. The story continues up to this day, with a discovery on San Blas Island. The people who live there drink many cups of cocoa each day, and when they were studied, they were found to have extremely low incidences of common maladies like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. But don’t just take my word for it, use Google to look up words like “San Blas Island” and “American Journal Clinical Nutrition” as they’ve written up studies on the subject.

If you want to skip the studies, it’s time to cut to the chase on chocolate.
Why is it so good for you?
Chocolate is loaded with anti-oxidants. These special substances fight free-radical damage in the body. Free radicals are caused by oxidization (you, breathing) pollution or chemicals (it’s everywhere) and the regular metabolism of foods, as well as exercise. The more anti-oxidants you have, the better you are at stopping free-radical damage and fighting off signs of aging. But just how much is inside chocolate? Blueberries (and other dark berries) are widely publicized for their anti-oxidant properties…but dark chocolate has 12 times the ORAC value of blueberries! What is ORAC? (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) it’s a statistic that the US Dept. of Agriculture judged.

Second, chocolate contains magnesium. Magnesium not only helps you sleep better, helps you absorb calcium from food better, and helps your heart-health, it also works for your immune system too. Chocolate is one of the easiest natural sources of magnesium. Brazil Nuts also have it, but how common are those? And what if you don’t like them?

Third, it helps with insulin sensitivity. Insensitivity can lead to diabetes, so you want all the sensitivity you can get. Proper blood sugar regulation also helps you maintain steady energy throughout the day. Along with this comes the ability to lower blood pressure and increase vascular health. After all, the big cocoa-drinkers on San Blas have a super low rate of heart disease, and their cocoa is the key.

In researching, you might find that Mars (they make M&Ms and other candies) put up money for scientists to study chocolate. Of course, they would love it if they could find a way for their tasty products to be good for people too. So why didn’t you hear about the study? Because it found that dark, unsweetened chocolate is what works. NOT candy bars, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or sugary sweets. The sugar in sweets causes inflammation and an insulin reaction, so it’s not going to help you. The study results may have disappointed the company, but it can still benefit you!

How much do you need to eat per day?
Only about 2 teaspoons (that’s not much at all!) will give you a beneficial level of all the wonders cocoa has in store. The best type to get, is the lowest sugar possible chocolate. Sugar-free cocoa (also called baking cocoa, bitter chocolate) is ideal, especially if you choose an organic brand. This is JUST cocoa, with nothing else added. Be sure to avoid “Dutch Process” and “Special Dark” varieties as they have been treated, and that removes some of the benefits.

How can you eat it?
Asking a chocolate lover how to eat chocolate may seem a little silly, but when you’re looking at 2 teaspoons per day, for as long as possible, it can become a task. Since it’s sugar-free, you can’t just expect to mix it into milk or water and have something you’ll like. There are plenty of ways to get your 2 teaspoons of health-power per day, when you know about another natural secret: Stevia. Stevia is derived from the leaf of the stevia plant, but it looks like a white powder. It tastes VERY sweet, but it produces no insulin response. It’s also natural and safe, unlike artificial sweeteners. With it, you can sweeten without sugar & inflammation. Now you can add the cocoa to milk, coffee, energy shakes, plain yogurt, and so much more without having to worry if it will taste ‘bitter’.

If you want a mini-recipe that will power up your energy levels, keep you feeling full AND deliver a powerful punch of pure healthiness, try the following mixture:

1 single-serving cup of plain, sugar-free, fat-free plain yogurt (6 oz)
and stir in either 4, 5 or 6 teaspoons of unsweetened, pure cocoa powder,
along with about 1/8th teaspoon stevia (up to ¼ tsp, to taste)
and 2 or more teaspoons of chia seeds

Mix well, and you’ve got enough for two days. (that is, if you can resist the tasty treat for that long!) What do the chia seeds do? They keep you feeling full longer, add calcium, complete protein, and B-vitamins to the mix. They also have more magnesium and are loaded with soluble & insoluble fiber. Don’t worry about tasting them, either, they have no flavor of their own, so you won’t even notice them. Not only is this mixture delicious and super-good for you, it’s also very inexpensive to make. You can spend a bundle on designer yogurts that are loaded with sugar…or you can mix up this simple treat and enjoy all the healthy benefits it conveys.

If there was ever something easy and tasty to do for your health, adding cocoa to your diet is surely at the top of the list! How will you use this to improve your health? Are you ready for more healthy tips and recipes?

About Author
Ready to learn more about chia? Try www.mychiaseeds.com for photos, more Chia Recipes like this one, videos and so much more. Plus, when you visit you can pick up our free cook books, and find out about free shipping too.

Asked to Bring Cake? Holiday Bundt Cake: White Chocolate Bundt Cake

Holiday season can be hectic! During the holiday time, have fun with the variety of different shaped Bundt pans—where you truly can turn a cake into a centerpiece or show-stopper treat. Bundt cakes are one-stop cooking-dump and stir and bake! Beginning with a cake mix, white chocolate, and almond extract, this cake becomes an extraordinary dessert.
Makes 16 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
1 (4-serving) box instant white chocolate pudding and pie filling
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup skim milk
1 egg
3 egg whites
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 10-inch nonstick Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding, sour cream, oil, milk, egg, egg whites, mixing until well mixed. Stir in white chocolate chips and pecans.
3. Pour in Bundt pan and bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
4. In small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, milk almond extract; set aside.
5. Cool cake on rack 10 minutes before inverting on serving plate. Drizzle glaze over warm cake.

To Prepare and Eat Now: Slice and serve.
To Freeze: Cool to room temperature, wrap, label and freeze. Recommended freezing time: up to 4-6 months.
To Serve: Defrost, slice and serve.
Note: Different shaped Bundt pans allow for fun types of cakes.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 318, Protein (g) 4, Carbohydrate (g) 51, Fat (g) 11, Cal. from Fat (%) 31, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g)0, Cholesterol (mg) 18, Sodium (mg) 338,
Diabetic Exchanges: 3.5 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

About Author
Holly Clegg, the “Queen of Quick,” is author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series including a diabetic cookbook with the ADA. Visit her website at http://hollyclegg.com and check out her blog hehealthycookingblog.com.

How to Make Ultra Chewy Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookie is an American classic. It’s the favorite cookie of many people, and the New York Times even produced an article about them which is still getting ‘buzz’. It’s no surprise that this cookie is such a big favorite, it’s very down-to-earth, and is often a comfort food. It’s also easy to make at home, if you don’t try to get overly exotic with it.

Chocolate chip cookies come in two basic textures, chewy and crispy. This recipe is for the chewiest, most melt-in-your-mouth delicious chocolate chippers you’ve had. If you like crispy cookies, stay far away because these bake up puffy, light and never oily. The soft moist cookies are full of big gooey chocolate chips. They taste fantastic hot from the oven, and keep well in sealed containers. However, because they are moist and rich-tasting with no preservatives, they should be refrigerated after a few days to prevent mold. (Much like a bakery-fresh moist bread, these cookies need care to not go stale)

Extra fact:
Most cookie recipes only make cookies of ONE size. If you attempt to make the cookies at a size that is not described in the original recipe, you’ll run into problems such as undercooking while edges burn, or over-done cookies despite the bake-time. These cookies can easily be made in ANY of THREE sizes!

From ¼ cup scoops of dough at once for giant cookies…to
1.5 tablespoon sized medium cookies…and
1 .5 teaspoon size regular cookies

With this recipe the size is totally up to you! Just adjust the baking time accordingly. (seen below) A big chocolate chip cookie can make a nice ‘thank you’ gift for someone you know. When it’s home made, it really shows you care…and you only need to spend minutes making them!

How could a chocolate chip cookie get even better?
What if it had HALF the fat of an ordinary cookie?
What if it tasted richer and chewier than an ordinary cookie?
And what if it had fiber, and healthy nutrients as well?

The seemingly impossible becomes possible with this fantastic chocolate chip cookie recipe. In one easy batch, these could become your new favorites. Chia Gel is your secret to a better tasting, lower fat cookie that has extra nutrition. You can find the recipe for Chia Gel below.

Ultra Chewy Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you’ll need:

Dry Ingredients
2 cups flour
½ heaping tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients
8 tbsp butter (works best if melted first)
4 tbsp chia gel
¼ cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1 tbsp vanilla
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk only

First, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees and grease your cookie sheets. Mix the melted butter, and both sugars until well blended. Then add the vanilla, applesauce, whole egg and egg yolk. Stir again until thoroughly combined. Last add in your chia gel and stir again. In another bowl, combine the rest of the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. (Flour, baking soda, salt) Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add them slowly to the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon. Stir only until just combined. Last, add in the 2 cups chocolate chips.

Suggestion:
If you’re making large or medium size cookies, you can use Jumbo chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
If you’re making regular or small size cookies, regular-size chocolate chips work best

Sizes:
If you use ¼ cup batter per cookie bake for about 15 minutes (Large)
If you use 1.5 tbsp batter per cookie bake for about 12 minutes (Medium)
If you use 1.5 tsp batter per cookie bake for about 10 minutes (regular/small)

When done baking, the cookies will become golden brown. The edges may appear lightly toasted but the centers will still be soft and puffy. Be careful not to over bake.

Make Chia Gel

Chia gel is super easy to make, and it’s the key to the healthy kick these cookies pack. Due to its unique gelling property, it replaces half of the butter in this recipe, without changing the flavor. Chia seeds have no flavor of their own when you make the gel with filtered water. You won’t even know they’re in the cookies.

1 tbsp dry chia seeds
9 tbsp filtered water

In a seal-able container, simply scoop in the chia seeds and add the 9 tbsp filtered water. Stir with a fork to prevent clumping, and let stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. The seeds will each have formed a thick gel around them. This gel can now be used to replace up to half the butter or oil in almost any baked recipe.

About Author
This recipe is from http://www.mychiaseeds.com It can be freely reprinted as long as this resource box and links are kept intact. For top quality chia seeds and 2 free chia cook books, plus free shipping check out www.mychiaseeds.com today.

Chocolate and Health

Chocolate. It is a guilty pleasure and for many, a way of life. Chocolates are around us every day as a gift to say “I care”, a cure for stress, or the perfect dessert. We like it hot or cold, solid or liquid. Coming in every shape, size, and conceivable form, it is hard to avoid. Chocolate is full of compounds, such as serotonin, endorphins, and phenylethylamine, that research has shown improve moods. A scientific study recently found that eating chocolate actually lights up more parts of your brain than kissing does. These factors and its addictive nature make it no surprise that chocolate is turned to for day to day relief.

We use chocolate to help us feel better on a hard day, but after a chocolate binge we often feel guilty for our over-consumption or dread getting on that scale.

The problem is that most of the great tasting milk chocolates are pumped full of extra sugars and fats. Health conscious people are often trying to minimize or at least regulate their intake.

Chocolate, however, is not all bad.

In the past, chocolate has been considered a natural remedy. The Mayans were known to drink it as a cure for fatigue. They also believed it to be an aphrodisiac. Today we know that the fatigue part was correct at least. Chocolate contains theobromine. This stimulates the heart more than caffeine with less impact on the body.

Chocolate also contains potent antioxidants. These antioxidants prevent cell damage, and in turn are preventative of many diseases such as heart disease and macular degeneration. Antioxidants are also useful in treating brain injuries. Both dark and milk chocolates contain levels of antioxidants that are more powerful than those found in other health foods. Dark chocolate’s antioxidants are about twice as powerful as those found in milk chocolate.

Beyond this, chocolate naturally gives you energy, helps you to relax and de-stress, and can even lessen physical pain. It has been found to create anti-cancer, cough prevention, and anti-diarrheal effects as well as stimulating the brain. Recent research has praised chocolate in helping to lower high blood pressure. Dark chocolates with their antioxidants are especially good for you and have been promoted by many diets because of the benefits to the circulatory system and the heart. It contains flavonoids which naturally thin the blood to reduce risks of clots. Issues like chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and heart attacks are found to decrease with moderate intake.

The solution to the chocolate dilemma is to choose wisely the chocolate you eat and eat in moderation. Dark chocolates are healthier with less sugar and more antioxidants. There are also new chocolates that are specially developed to include vitamins or boost energy. This way you can feed your craving, enjoy the chocolate taste, and get in your essential vitamins so you don’t have to feel guilty afterwards.

Whatever form you choose, a balanced diet is key. In moderation, chocolate can be your friend and help you achieve your health goals.

About Author
For more info on delicious healthy chocolate, visit Top Form Supplements

Lose Weight With Mind Control and Chocolate

The truth is, Jedi mind-tricks actually work. Remember when Obi-wan-kenobe approaches the cantina with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, he confronts imperial soldiers and tells them that “there is nothing to see here…move along” with a wave of the hand, and the soldiers repeat it back, falling victim to the power of suggestion in this “Jedi mind-trick”. It seems like an impossible bit of magic, but in reality the power of suggestion is far more effective than you know.

You can use the power of suggestion on yourself to find success in basically any endeavor that you pursue. This is particularly effective if you’re venturing into uncharted territory and feel unsure about yourself. For instance, if you are struggling with weight loss, you need to change deeply rooted habits involving diet and exercise. These habits seem like they are “just who you are” and seem impossible to break. With the power of suggestion, your mind will actually believe otherwise and allow you to overcome the imaginary barriers that you place for yourself. Remember, if you think you can’t do something, you’re usually right.

You have to believe. Remember, if you think you can’t do something or if you think you can do something, you’re usually right in either case. Which one you decide to be right about will determine your outcome. Anything you set out doing, weight loss included, is almost always mental. If you decide this is the way you’re going to live, then be determined to live it. Each day you begin a set of ripples, a chain-reaction that expands and fills the rest of your day. These initial ripples can be negative, or they can be positive affirmations. You decide. When you get up in the morning, instead of telling yourself you’re fat, tell yourself instead: “Yes, I am. But I will be less fat this time next week. And I’m going to jog today.”

For every negative thought that comes to you, be ready to counter that thought with a positive one. If a negative thought like, “Look at all that belly! That will never go away!” comes to you, you can counter that thought with, “That belly is here now, but it won’t always be. Excuse me, I have a date with a cycling class.”

Your weight loss needs to be about making a mental turnaround if you want the weight loss to be permanent. Part of the reason many people gain back their lost weight is their mental outlook never changed. Change your perspective and you will change your life.

An effort to lose weight easily falters when you indulge in any kind of self-defeating talk. Self-loathing talk can sabotage your efforts and send you spiraling into an unhealthy cycle before you know it. “I’ll never lose weight. This jelly-belly will never go down. I’ll always be fat. I can never be skinny.” This kind of thinking translates to overspending and overeating of cakes, cookies, potato chips, ice cream and other comfort foods. When you indulge in these kinds of treats too much, you gain weight, and the cycle begins again. In order to break this cycle, it is important to prepare. Instead of cutting off all sweets cold turkey, instead you should have a small indulgence every day. This will curb your appetite, and help you keep your weight loss goals. A new type of healthy chocolate comes in bite-sized portions and includes vitamins and added nutrients that are great for your overall health. This is a great way to make sure you stay on track, and provides that needed boost to help you keep your body in line with the power of your mind.

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For more info on energy chocolate, visit Top Form Supplements

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