Hands up who indulged (or overindulged) in Chocolate over the Easter break. Come on, don’t hide it, we probably all ate at least one (or more) easter eggs or chocolate bunnies over the holidays.
If you did, then I have some good news for you.
Those of you who follow me on social media or read my blog posts, know that living a healthy life is one of my top priorities. I want to be able to enjoy life to the full, exploring the world with my husband and playing with my grandchildren. Having a healthy diet and exercise plan helps me achieve this, however, I don’t let it rule my life and enjoy being ‘naughty’ sometimes, following my own advice which I wrote in my blog ‘Everything in Moderation – the Key to Enjoying Life’s Pleasures for longer ‘.
Now getting back to chocolate!
Chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate gelato, chocolate full stop!
Last year we were in Quebec and I was reintroduced to hot chocolate which I hadn’t had for many years. It was absolutely delicious and quickly became my afternoon drink of choice. I eagerly awaited this time of day as the weather was quite cold in November and after a day of sightseeing and exploring the hot chocolate was one of life’s pleasures, so warming and comforting.
Chocolate can be quite sensual. Just think of that lovely, warm chocolate sauce oozing slowly over your…….. ice cream!
Speaking of guilty pleasures, I did indulge in chocolate over the Easter break AND I DIDN’T FEEL GUILTY!
Did I mention that Chocolate can be good for you?
Now I’m not saying that you should add a block of chocolate to your daily diet, however we all need to live a little and surprisingly, DARK chocolate can have great benefits which I would like to share with you.
1. Chocolate is yummy!
2. Chocolate can make you feel happy. It is high in magnesium which helps lift your mood and also releases endorphins which is the ‘happy hormones’.
3. Medical studies have shown that it MAY lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
5. Medical studies have shown it MAY improve brain function and MAY lower the risk of heart disease
The ‘healthiest’ type of chocolate is dark chocolate with 70%-85% cocoa content. Also, remember that as well as the cocoa, chocolate also contains sugar which is why you really should have it in MODERATION, especially if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight.
So next time you feel like indulging OR you are feeling down, spoil yourself with some good quality dark chocolate and enjoy!