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Chocolates effects on heart

Ever wonder why chocolate is a symbol of love and romance? It may be because it can help to boost heart health and have a positive effect on mood.

Chocolates effects on heart

Today we're going to make a delicious recipe that's perfect for any romantic evening frozen berries with a chocolate date fudge. This dessert is a great way to enjoy chocolate with less calories and extra antioxidants thanks to the berries.
So let's get started. Okay so ingredients, you will need for today are some assorted berries, need some skewers but those berries on. Good dark chocolate at least 70 percent, you can use dark cocoa powder, some dates about separate dates pitted and some almond milk or any sort of milk or milk alternative. Okay, now we're ready to skewer those berries.
We have a really nice selection here We have some blackberries, raspberries and blueberries make sure that caller really pops you can choose about three or four, and you just want to skewer them and alternate them One of the great things about berries is they contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which may help to reduce your risk for heart disease, alzheimer's disease and cancer. It's fantastic. And these are going to be delicious. So do as many as you can when you wanna stick them in the freezer let them chill for about 30 minutes until theyre ready to dip in that dark chocolate date fudge .

Okay so for our luxurious dark chocolate fudge we wanna bring couple cups of almond milk, you can use any milk alternative for this. So youwant to bring it up to a simmer. this is a very very slow rolling boil. You know want to heat it up too much otherwise it might start to separate. We're going to go ahead and add our pitted dates and then some dark chocolate. Now Christy, you mentioned before of dark chocolate affecting your mood. How does that do that exactly? There's a couple ways so cocoa and chocolate they help to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain and serotonin the chemical messenger that helps put people in a good mood It also contains phenethalamine which is another type of chemical that promotes feelings of pleasure or feeling good. Right so more dark chocolate then.
We are going to let that simmer just for about a minute and then we're gonna go ahead and blend it to our dark chocolate fudge. So we talked about how chocolate can help boost your mood but did you know that chocolate is also a heart healthy food? No way! It's true chocolate contains flavanols antioxidants that may help to protect the heart and the blood vessels.
The flavonols work by preventing your blood platelets from clumping together which reduces your risk for heart attack and stroke. Flavanols also increase blood flow to the heart and the brain. That's great news. So for our dark chocolate fudge We're ready to go, just taking it off the simmer and we're going to add it to our blender Remember like any hot liquid you're about to blend make sure the start it off slow, and make sure you have a dish towel handy to put on top otherwise that dark chocolate is going to end up all over your ceiling. That would be difficult to eat. Alright Okay so that dark chocolate is done. You can smell how rich it is Its the perfect ingredient to add to this. And like you mentioned going for that seventy percent or higher cocoa content with your chocolate bars A great idea for flavor but also from a nutrition point of view that means you're gonna get the most flavanols on your chocolate with that higher cocoa content.
It's a win-win. Yeah it's also a good idea when you're picking out your chocolate bar you want to check out the ingredient list to make sure that the main ingredient thats in it is cocoa butter and that you're not gonna choose one that is higher in someb of the hydrogenated fats. So check out those ingredients and avoid the ones that say partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil. Yeah that wouldn't taste very good. So that's it we're ready to go that thick dark chocolate date fudge We're going to let it cool little bit and dirzzle it all over those frozen berries. So our dark chocolate date fudge is ready, cooled down a little bit. We have our berry skewers Out of the freezer. And we're ready for that drizzle So just get a spoon and you can you can go as crazy as you want or as light as you want You can dip the whole skewer in the chocolate.
There's great news for chocolate lovers out there the research actually supports you can have one ounce dark chocolate three or four times a week That's this amount right here and the research showed that this can help lower blood pressure and make your blood vessels work better. All good things for heart health. That is fantastic news. so the skewers are ready now because the skewers are frozen that dark chocolate will seize pretty quickly on there but you can also set them in the freezer for them to chill a little bit more but they're delicious they look delicious they're going to taste delicious. And for even more delicious recipes.