Chocolate: Health Tips and Recipes

Who doesn’t like chocolates? When the craving for chocolate strikes, it becomes such a complicated and difficult situation when you cannot give in to that yearning. Thus, never deprive yourself. Remember, anything taken in moderation is safe for you!

And besides, chocolates, especially the dark chocolates have been found to be good for the heart. Eating a small bar every day can actually help your heart as well as your cardiovascular system do well.

So, why not include chocolates in your chocolate and get lower blood pressure from dark chocolates as well as lower cholesterol! Just make sure that you integrate the following tips to your chosen home cooking using chocolate recipes.

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Health Tips in Making Chocolate Recipes

Here are 5 tips when incorporating chocolate into your recipes:

Tip 1 – Chocolates Remain a High-Calorie and High-Fat Food

When you say balancing calories in the body, it does not mean that you are prohibited from eating chocolates from now on. No! You may still eat a pound of chocolate each day. As a matter of fact, chocolates remain to be a high-calorie and high-fat food.

There are studies to prove that not even 100 grams of chocolates were used, or that is about 3.5 ounces of pure dark chocolate eaten each day can already give you the benefits.

Again, one bar of pure dark chocolate is found to have around 400 calories. If you eat just half of a bar of chocolate per day, then you should balance those 200 calories you get from the chocolates by eating a little less of other foods.

It might be best to cut out on your other sweets or extra snacks and replace instead with some chocolates that will maintain your total calories.

 

Tip 2 – Combine the Taste of the Chocolate with your Recipes

Chocolate is a composite food with more than 300 compounds as well as chemicals in every bite. And the only way to really enjoy and appreciate eating chocolates is to take some time to savor its taste.

This you do not only do with your mouth, but professionals taste chocolates by using the mouth for the taste, eyes for the appearance, nose for the smell, and then getting the total taste of each chocolate.

 

Tip 3 – Use Dark Chocolates in your Recipes

Dark chocolates are found to have greater antioxidants content than milk or white chocolates. These other two variants of chocolate cannot make any of the health claims that the dark chocolate has always claimed.

This may be attributed to the fact that dark chocolates have higher cocoa content of about 65 percent compared to the milk and white chocolates.

 

Tip 4 – Skip the Nougat in your Chocolate Recipes

Always go in search for the dark chocolates that are pure and not combined with anything. You may also go for those dark chocolates that are mixed with nuts, some orange peels or with other flavorings put on it.

The key here is to avoid anything that has caramel in it, nougat or any other fillings as these will just add up to the sugar and fat which are already inside your body.

 

 

Tip 5 – Avoid Combining Milk and Chocolate in your Recipes

Combining chocolate and milk when cooking your favorite recipes, or concocting your own recipes may taste very good. However, some studies show that pouring milk over the chocolate may actually prevent the antioxidants from being absorbed and used by your body. Therefore, never combine chocolate with milk for all your chocolate recipes!

 

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Healthy Chocolate Recipes for your Loved Ones

Ever tried using chocolates for your home-cooking recipes? Well, if you have not yet done that, it is high-time you start doing it and start concocting your own chocolate recipes!

Combining chocolates with the old-fashioned recipes as well as the contemporary recipes you and your family have enjoyed for years will surely be a great treat for you and your loved ones!

Besides, chocolates have their share of health benefits that the whole family can benefit from. Perhaps you are asking what makes chocolates healthy. Well, here is the answer.

Plants give us the chocolates we are enjoying now. Therefore, it would mean that they are full of the countless health benefits that can be taken from various kinds of vegetables. These known benefits of chocolates are from what is called the flavonoids.

They act as antioxidants to protect our body from becoming old which as we know, may be caused by some free radicals or toxins responsible for causing heart illnesses or disorders.

The flavonoids are also responsible for the making of nitric oxide as well as putting some hormones in the body to a state of equilibrium.

Did you even know that dark chocolate is full of a huge number of antioxidants which is almost 8 times those found in strawberries?

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Topped with Strawberries

Ingredient for Toppings

15 pcs of fresh strawberries

 

Ingredients for Base

2 c vanilla wafer crumbs

6 tbsp margarine, melted

 

Ingredients for Body

1 – 14-ounce bag of caramels

1 can 5-ounce of evaporated milk

1 cup chopped of pecans, toasted

2 pack 8-ounce of cream cheese, soften

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

2 pcs of eggs

1/2 c of semi-sweet chocolate pieces

 

Instructions

1. For the base, mix crumbs and margarine then press into the bottom of a 9-inch baking pan. Bake the mixture at 350 degrees F, for about10 minutes.

2. For the body, in a 1 1/2 quart clean and heavy saucepan, you may start melting the caramels with some milk.

3. Do this over low heat, stirring often until mixture becomes smooth.

4. Pour mixture over crust then drop all pecans.

5. Combine the pre-measured cream cheese with sugar plus vanilla.

6. Mix all ingredients at a medium pace with your electric mixer until everything has been well blended.

7. Add eggs, each at one time, mixing them well after every addition.

8. Blend in the chocolate and pour over the pecans.

9. You may now bake the mixture at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

11. Loosen the baked cake from the rim of your pan and cool it before removing from the rim of the pan.

12. Chill then garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. You may also add finely chopped up pecans if preferred.

Now, eating your heart out on this delectable chocolate-related recipe will never be complete without a freshly concocted chocolate drink you and your family will love!

Try this chocolate drink recipe and see the delight on your loved ones’ faces!

chocolate shake

Chocolate Banana Supreme Shake

Ingredients

1 c of diet chocolate soda; chilled

1/2 med sized banana; peeled

1 pack of  diet chocolate shake mix

1 tbsp of Smooth peanut butter; frozen

 

Instructions

1. For each of all 4 sections of your ice cube tray, you may pour 2 tablespoons of chocolate soda.

2. Freeze the preparation until all cubes appear solid.

3. Wrap the bananas in plastic freezer wrap and let them stay in the freezer until they are solid.

4, In a blender, mix the remaining half cup of soda with the frozen bananas and halves, the chocolate drink mix and some peanut butter.

5. Process all ingredients at a high speed until mixture becomes smooth.

6. Add the soda cubes one by one while melting out ice is dissolved.

7. Wait for the mixture to be thick then serve immediately. This recipe makes one serving only.

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Chocolate Recipe for Diabetics

There has been a long-standing debate whether diabetics could eat chocolates. Maybe there should really be chocolate-related recipes for diabetics.

We have to remember that these patients may have been eating chocolates for years before they were diagnosed with the illness and thus might find it quite depriving to say no to chocolates all the time.

Some, on the other hand, may simply want to get a bite or two but couldn’t because of this myth.

In reality, diabetics like those with any other illness can eat anything they want – but in moderation. It is a simple truth that is admittedly difficult to follow.

It has been called “the forbidden treat” or the “darkest temptations” many times, but there is no use saying that diabetics need to take chocolates completely out of their lives.

There have been researches made in Europe claiming that eating chocolates occasionally and in moderation actually increase insulin response.

The catch is that it takes a while for the body to absorb chocolate sugar than those of bread and potatoes so the body has time to adjust the level of reaction to sugar.

The only reason for preventing diabetic patients from eating too much chocolate is its ability to cause obesity in so little time.  I

f the diabetic should eat the chocolate as part of a meal or dessert, the body absorbs it even more slowly. So, that could do the trick for diabetic chocolate lovers!

It is likewise unsafe to believe in claims of some products that they are either ‘diabetic chocolate’ or ‘diabetic friendly’. You are still required to look closely and see whether they are using high levels of fructose in place of sugar, because as a diabetic yourself, you may well know that it is just as dangerous.

So, given that, we’ve already cleared the air out, and here is a favorite snack that all diabetics can start concocting up and feast on!

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Chocolate-Mango Cream Cake

Ingredients

250g/8oz Ground Graham Crackers

150g/5oz milk

1 pack of whole graham crackers

100g/3½oz unsalted butter

150g/5oz dark chocolate

150g/5oz golden syrup

75g/2½oz raisins

100g/3½oz chopped ripe mangoes

30g/1oz cashew, chopped (optional)

60g/2oz pecans, chopped (optional)

350g heavy cream

 

Instructions

1. Line the sides of the 8inches shallow pan.

2. Arrange the whole crackers at the bottom of the pan

3. Mix the milk, cream, syrup by hand until fluffy.

4. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler and set aside. The chocolate must neither be too gooey nor too light.

5. Pour in some of the cream on top of the crackers and spread evenly.

6. Drizzle some of the chocolate on top of the cream and arrange the mangoes afterward

7. Sprinkle some nuts for texture

8. Then pour in some ground graham to integrate the cream, before arranging whole ones again.

9. Repeat the steps until the pan is almost filled to the lid.

10. Lastly, garnish the top with cream mixture and sprinkle with nuts and raisin. If you still have some chocolate left, you may also put some on top.

11. Refrigerate for a minimum of ten minutes to let the graham absorb the cream mixture.

12. The longer it stays in the ref, the better. Makes 12 servings.

A reminder, please hold onto yourself from finishing up the whole pan. Share it with friends. It is pretty tempting and it’s okay to give in, but your health comes first before anything.

When eating chocolates, make sure you have the best of some chocolate recipes.

 

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