Why You Should Eat Chocolate More Often

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Contrary to popular belief, chocolate gives more health benefits than any other kind of sweet food out there.

One, it helps your body spread off a dose of much-needed endorphins to decrease high levels of stress. Two, it helps your body spread off a dose of much-needed energy to increase low levels of focus. Most of all, chocolate simply makes a person healthy – inside and out – thanks to its antioxidant properties.

However, it’s worth noting that you can only get these health benefits with the right kind of chocolate – namely, dark chocolate or any kind of raw cocoa.

And if you’re still wondering if about eating chocolate more often, here are some reasons why you should just go ahead and do it:

It helps lower the risk of heart diseases.

Aside from decreasing high levels of stress, chocolate also helps lower the risk of heart diseases. This is because chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has less fat content and is found to have compounds that help protect the heart against oxidation of low-density lipoprotein – the number one culprit of high cholesterol levels.

It helps protect the skin from sun damages.

If you’re constantly worrying about getting burned by the sun when you’re out all day, which can either be due to work or because of recreation, this item will make you jump for joy. You see, chocolate has a component called flavanol. This component is best known to improve blood flow in your skin, as well as increase hydration and density in your skin. The best part? It helps protect your skin from sun damages.

Indeed, chocolate gives more health benefits than any other kind of sweets out there.

How about you?

Do you love to eat chocolate?

Do you know any other health benefits of eating chocolate? Let us know in the comments section below!

On another hand, check out this Paleo London Broil recipe that gives more health benefits than any other kind of dishes out there.

Book Review: Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight by Dr. Will Clower

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The main thought:

Dr. Clower diet plan lets you snack chocolates that contains 70% Cocoa or above. The diet requires you to eat chocolate before and after meal including breakfast and dinner. According to the book Cocoa can help boost your metabolism by providing enough sugar (it makes sense that you cannot each chocolates unless it has 70% Cocoa content) and pumping loads of anti-oxidants to your immune system. The bitter-sweet taste helps reduce appetite and sends signal to your brain that says, “You have eaten enough.” Since you eat very dark chocolates, this diet won’t spike your sugar levels and instead just balance it so you will not crave for something sweet anymore. Get the book through www.amazon.com

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Before the book:

I’m a chocolate lover. My day will not be complete without having a bar of chocolate. My mouth waters whenever it crosses my mind. Chocolate is like cigarette to me, a bad habit to break. Eating too many sweets has taken its toll on by body, and I gained a lot of weight but at least I’m happy. Till one day, my friend and I visited our favorite bookstore when I came across this book that says “Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight”. I told myself, sounds a plan! I grabbed the book and paid for it. My friend thought that I was becoming desperate to lose weight, maybe I am. I have nothing to lose here, I get to eat what I wanted and lose at the same time, and so what’s the catch?

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The catch:

I thought I could eat all types of chocolates but I was wrong. I could only eat dark chocolates. They’re not even sweet, they are bitter.

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The process:

Maybe my friend is right, I’m already desperate to lose weight. I’m not the type of person who would agreed to this

Be Creative: Home-made truffles

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Do you need some gift ideas? You’re on the right place. I’ll show you our delicious first chocolate project, perfect for gifts and giveaways. We really recommend this art chocolate project because it’s easy and fun to do. You can even ask your kids to help, we’re sure that they’ll have a good time, too.

Here are the things you will need:

Heavy cream

Chocolate scrapes

White chocolate

Milk

Dark chocolate scrapes

Optional: Liquour (if you are planning to give this to your adult friends)

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For outer coating designs

You can use your imagination of how you want your truffles to look like. You can choose from a wide variety of options (almond nuts, hazelnuts, sprinkles, frosting, cocoa powder, and caramel drizzle, crushed chocolate bars, crushed while chocolate, cookies, dried fruits, and you name it!). You can be playful with the designs, just use your intuition which decorating materials you want to use here. If you need molding cups and trays, edible icing colors and other cute pre made decorations, you can start browsing these sites.

http://www.chocolatetradingco.com | http://www.joann.com | http://www.dobla.com/

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Ready to make your first truffles? Let’s start and don’t forget the apron. You just need to follow these 4 easy steps.

Prepare your ganache

Pre-heat heavy cream and once boiling, add you chocolate scrapes. The measurement depends on how much truffles you want to make. Just remember that the measurement of heavy cream and chocolate scrapes is 1 is to 1. Example, you have 500 grams of heavy cream so your chocolate scrape should be 500 grams as well. After mixing, place it on the fridge so it won’t be too runny when we start doing the coating. Easy right?

Prepare the coating

Mix white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk and slightly expose to heat until melted. Like ganache, the measurement is 1 is to 1. Let it cool but do not place it on the fridge.

Roll them into balls

Decide how big you want your truffles to be and roll your ganache and transform them into these fantastic balls. Place a grease paper on a tray or your work station and place your well-rounded truffles.

Coat your truffles

Use a fork to drain the excess coating. Place your truffle on top of the fork and drizzle them with your rich coating using a spoon. Place your coated truffles on grease paper

Here’s the best part! Designing time.

Be creative and don’t be afraid to make multiple designs. This part is the fun part, combine multiple designing materials to make the most daring pieces