Happy Friday, Beautiful!
If you’re celebrating Easter, it’s definitely going to be a GOOD one (I can hear your chuckling from here).
For a lot of us, today marks the first day of a long weekend, and not just ANY weekend. It’s the weekend that our good ol’ pal, the Easter Bunny, pays us a visit to deliver that sweet, brown, melt-in-your-mouth savoury goodness.
That’s right ladies. I’m talking about our best friend, <3 Chocolate <3.
I’m sure I’m not alone in confessing that I could literally write a love poem about chocolate. The substance is the next best thing to sex and is always there for you. It’s there in the good, and it’s there in the bad. It’s there in your thoughts, and it’s there in your dreams.
But it has a dark side. Eat too much of it, and you’re either sick, breaking out, putting on the pounds, or a combination of all three.
That’s why today’s Fabulous You Friday is all about how to indulge in chocolate this weekend guilt-fr – well… not exactly guilt-free, but with less guilt than normal!:)
There’s just one catch: it has to be dark.
The Not-So-Dark Side of Dark Chocolate
1. Cardiovascular health: A recent study out of Germany found that eating a small amount of dark chocolate daily can reduce blood pressure and the risk of a heart attack. This benefit is likely a result of dark chocolate’s disease-fighting flavonoids, which are the same antioxidant compounds that are found in red wine.
2. Improves blood flow: According to research out of the University of California, dark chocolate can help to thin your blood and contains the same anti-clotting property as aspirin.
3. Makes you happy: Dark chocolate contains caffeine, theobromine, and phenehylamine, which can all act as mild stimulants. It can also boost serotonine, which helps to fight depression. Lastly, it’s high in magnesium, which boosts your mood and helps to reduce water retention. No wonder we love chocolate when it’s “that time of the month”.
4. A healthy(ish) alternative: Although dark chocolate is still a chocolate and shouldn’t be consumed quite as often as fruits and veggies, this type of chocolate has less sugar and fat in it than milk chocolate. If you’re going to indulge, you might as well choose the lesser of evils.
5. Get more fibre. Dark chocolate’s richness in fibre can help keep you full so you’re less likely to eat more than you should.
7. Protects your skin. Remember those flavonoids I mentioned earlier? Well, according to German researchers, they can help to protect your skin from UV damage.
So there you go! Bring it on, Easter Bunny! We now welcome your dark chocolate eggs with an open mouth AND an open mind. 😉
Until next time, stay fabulous! xo
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