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Sunday, 15 March 2020

There are times when only chocolate will do !

It's quite often said to me … but surely you don't eat chocolate Jan?
To which I answer, yes I do, but only a square or two! I go on to explain that it is the dark chocolate variety and always 70% + cocoa.


Yes, dark chocolate (cocoa), "is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. It's made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary type) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious:
If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious.
It contains a decent amount of soluble fibre and is loaded with minerals.

A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:
11 grams of fibre.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium."

Above words and much more to read about dark chocolate here

Here are Three Dark Chocolate Recipe Suggestions:

Chocolate Mousse : Made The Low Carb Way
more details here


Cappuccino Cake : Low Carb Recipe
more details here


Mocha Ice Bombs : A Perfect Low Carb Treat
more details here


You may not want to do any baking, so why not just enjoy a square of dark chocolate. Many studies have shown that dark chocolate is incredibly healthy, and may reduce your risk of several diseases.

Dark chocolate is loaded with fibre and antioxidants, as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. Plant compounds in dark chocolate have been shown to lower blood pressure, protect against heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin against the sun’s harmful UV-rays. To make the most of the health benefits, it is recommended to eat dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70–85% or higher. A piece of dark chocolate is especially delicious when enjoyed with a good cup of coffee.



Bottom line: Dark chocolate contains high amounts of fibre, antioxidants and minerals. It may reduce the risk of heart disease, improve brain function and protect the skin from the sun, read more
here 

Dear reader, we bring a variety of articles and recipe/food suggestions to this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan 

46 comments:

R's Rue said...

Lovely.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hey Jan! Love the chocolate post 🍫

Tom said...

...chocolate sure can be addictive.

Jeff said...

Amen to dark chocolate!

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Elephant's Child said...

I am a big fan of dark chocolate and those mocha ice bombs look delicious. Thank you.

Mary Kirkland said...

I do love chocolate.

Christine said...

yummy I love any kind of chocolate!

Rose said...

I did know it was healthy but I did not know how healthy!

Lee said...

Every thing in moderation...sometimes we break that rule....I admit I do! Oh! Well...such is life! :)

Kay said...

Yay! I LOVE dark chocolate!!!

Susan Kane said...

I have often thought that chocolate and coffee should be one of the food groups. Their molecular structure differ in only chemical group. I wrote a post about it and it was utterly brilliant.

Dark chocolate is indeed "Food of the Gods".

peppylady (Dora) said...

Your talking to choir on chocolate

Lorrie said...

Dark chocolate is my favourite! One square after lunch, another after dinner. YUM!

DVArtist said...

Oh yum, yum and yum. Great recipes.

handmade by amalia said...

You know the way to my heart, Jan. These look wonderful.
Amalia
xo

Valerie-Jael said...

Coffee and dark chocolate - great! Valerie

Jo said...

I love dark chocolate, and those recipes look delicious.

Iris Flavia said...

This sounds like Pumpernickel to me, LOL!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

This is a very tasty post !!!

God bless.

Laurie said...

Yum yum yum !

William Kendall said...

I admit: I have never liked dark chocolate.

Natalia said...

I love dark chocolate, so yum!

Ygraine said...

Oh Jan...you have made the day of this fanatical chocoholic!!
I absolutely adore high cocoa chocolate...😊😊

Stay safe and take care!

Hugs xxx

mxtodis123 said...


definitely, and these desserts all look so delicious.

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

Well, this is a post to my liking. :)
I too love dark chocolate... and it's definitely included in my emergency supply list.
The recipes look lovely too.
Stay safe and healthy! Hugs!

Ella said...

I say like William … I have never liked dark chocolate.

CJ Kennedy said...

Chocolate will be much needed in the days to come

stardust said...

The cappuccino cake looks so tempting. I like dark chocolate. Thank you for telling us how dark chocolate is nutritious.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

Very true indeed! Love this!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

YUM.... That cake looks SO good... We love Dark Chocolate --and try to eat one square of it each day since it's so healthy for us....

Hope you are are staying healthy during these scary times. No Covid 19 cases in our county so far --but we are being very very careful through this Virus scare. We also are not panicking --and definitely not hoarding items/food, etc... People can be nuts at times like this.

Stay healthy and safe.
Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

i prefer milk chocolate if i am going to indulge but i would prefer the cake to just a chocolate bar. that looks really good, i love cappuccino anything but don't like coffee. weird right??

CraveCute said...

I've stocked up on chocolate. It might get me through this mess we're all in.

Shari Burke said...

It's always a good day for chocolate! :-)

JFM said...

Thank goodness for chocolate.
Thank you, too Jan 💮

Conniecrafter said...

Good to hear you are well and yes Chocolate is needed in times like these!
Take care!

Jeanie said...

I wish I liked chocolate more. I like it some and some kinds (brownie, chocolate chip cookies), hot cocoa, but not like a hard core chocolate fan. Still, some of these look really great!

happyone said...

Oh my everything looks soooo good.

NatureFootstep said...

I´ll take it! Any day :)

Sally said...

I always learn something new here, Jan. And, had no idea of the nutrients in dark chocolate. Love the photo's too; I'm going to try one of those recipes! :)

xoxo

Martha said...

Oh...everything looks so good!

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I'm a big fan of milk chocolate with nuts. Recipes look yummy.

baili said...

my eldest son brought dark chocolate along with other many dear Jan
first bite gave me shiver it was too bitter and i could not eat

though he was eating it effortlessly
after reading this i must ask him to bring again :)

Sue said...

Oh, I've died and gone to heaven with the post. Around Christmas time Lidl has a 97% dark chocolate. It is an acquired taste but I soldiered on through and I love it now, but can only eat 1 square a day. Take care, Sue xx

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you to Jan for the lovely comments on my blog. Thank you, too, for this terrific post on one of my favourite foods. I have been cutting my dark organic choc. consumption by 50% as a Lenten discipline (and to help me lose a little weight)... but it's great to be reminded of the benefits. Incidentally, do you also find it hard to get bitter dark chocolate bars these days? I love the bitter variety - and don't need the sweetness.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Caroline, thanks for your comments and question about dark chocolate.
I last bought the 85% dark chocolate, and noticed there was some 70% available too.
I haven't needed to buy any recently, but am wondering with the present shopping demands due to the coronavirus supplies may be low.
I hope you may be able to get some and enjoy a square soon.
My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan! A very informative, yummy post! I have to admit, I don't like dark chocolate, but I am trying to eat more of it! Big Hugs!