14 Feb Five Ways to get Your Chocolate Fix
To me, Valentine’s Day is embracing the spirit of love and generosity. I’ll take a pass on retailer-hyped gifts and hoopla, thank you very much.
Having said that, I like to wallow in a little chocolate love. Here’s why. Eating chocolate causes the brain to release a rush of feel-good endorphins. Who doesn’t like that? Also, a lot has been written about the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate (higher than 70% cocoa content) has been linked to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The jury is still out on how much and how often to eat it. Cover your bases with a small 1 oz square of dark chocolate a day.
Sorry, white chocolate, you don’t count as real chocolate (I knew there was a reason I didn’t like the taste of it).
Here are five ways I got my chocolate fix this week:
1) I started off the day whipping up a batch up Stephanie Eddy’s rich chocolate waffles. I had to resist the urge to tweak the recipe. Topped with Greek yogurt and smothered in berries – so worth it. Add a dollop of peanut butter – heaven.
2) I reminisced about making chocolate with Chef Khushroo at Ste Anne’s spa last fall.
3) I was fascinated by Jason Teatro’s article about the magic that occurs when you ferment cacao beans.
4) I got my fill of eye candy via Food Bloggers of Canada’s Pinterest page.
5) Can I shamelessly plug my chocolate drizzled almonds post? Thanks.
In what ways do you love chocolate? Straight up, or paired with something?