Chocolate

Not all chocolate is equal in its health benefits! When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce its acerbic flavor. The more chocolate is processed, the more flavanols are lost. Most commercial chocolates are highly processed – even dark chocolates! Your best choice is to eat dark chocolate (more than 70 percent cocoa) instead of milk chocolate (especially milk chocolate, which is loaded with other fats and sugars). The effective fermentation of both the antioxidants and the fiber in chocolate requires healthy gut flora! Any imbalance of the bacteria essential for this process will result in diminished conversion and absorption of the anti-inflammatory compounds and may require a restoration of the gut flora. Foods which are naturally rich in fiber and probiotics can assist in restoring intestinal balance.

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Healthy Chocolate Bites

Chocolate is not only delicious but also has known health benefits. Today we have a healthy and tasty chocolate dessert for you that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Ingredients:
120g walnuts
65g cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt
220g dates

Preparation:
Chop up the walnuts using a food processor. Add the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well combined.  Pit the dates and chop into quarters. Then add the dates to the walnuts and process until the mixture starts to come together. Take tablespoon sized portions and form them into bite sized balls or press the mixture into a tray and after chilling cut into small squares. Enjoy!

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Chocolate as a Healthy Treat

It has been scientifically demonstrated that chocolate lifts our mood. This is triggered by the so-called endorphins, in addition to the messenger substance serotonin. Endorphins modulate the brain’s metabolism and ensure that we become euphoric, but also insensitive to pain. Since they are also contained in small quantities in cocoa, chocolate is a light “happiness drug. ” Furthermore, chocolate is said to be antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it can lower blood pressure and slow down free radicals.  Chocolate also contains substances that are said to stimulate the growth of skin cells and prevent the formation of wrinkles. Chocolate is therefore also a delightful anti-aging food! Important! To exploit its full potential and to prevent the pleasure from becoming a calorie trap, it is recommended to enjoy dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70% or more!

Happy 3rd Advent!

With the third candle now burning, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful third Advent. Have you had a chance to cook and bake this holiday season? If not, we recommend these healthy chocolate cookies!

Ingredients:
120g walnuts
65g cocoa powder
1 pinch of sea salt
220g dates

Preparation:
Chop up the walnuts using a food processor. Add the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well combined.  Pit the dates and chop into quarters. Then add the dates to the walnuts and process until the mixture starts to come together. Take tablespoon sized portions and form them into bite sized balls or press the mixture into a tray and after chilling cut into small squares. Enjoy!