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Chocolate Berry Patches

Chocolate Berry Patches

Look for a cocoa content of 60% or higher, because dark chocolate has more antioxidants than milk or white chocolate! It supports the production of serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant and stimulates endorphins. It also contains flavonoids which can help lower blood pressure & LDL cholesterol, helping to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. Chocolate is a high-calorie food, so enjoy no more than 3 ounces a day.

These Chocolate Berry Patches are a healthy treat you can enjoy right away or store a few in the freezer and enjoy them later as a frozen treat!

  • Melt approximately a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dollop a teaspoon of the melted chocolate on the baking sheet.
  • Top with raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries.
  • You should be able to make approximately 20 dollops of chocolate berries.
  • Save some of the melted chocolate and drizzle it over the berries.
  • Sprinkle with a little sea salt – optional
  • Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until the chocolate sets and enjoy.
  • Or once the chocolate sets you could store them in the freezer and enjoy them as a frozen treat.

Along with Valentine’s Day, February is also National Heart Month, a time when people are building awareness of how a heart attack feels:   chest discomfort, shortness of breath, pain in arms, back, neck, or jaw, cold sweats, nausea or light headedness.  Of course these are critical to know so you can get help a.s.a.p., but what is even more important to know is what you can do to help prevent these “signs” from ever happening in the first place!

Here’s how you can manage your heart health to help prevent  these “signs” from happening:

~ Look at your belly!  Carrying extra weight around your abdominal area increases our risk of heart disease.  When there is increased abdominal fat, or visceral fat, it not only lies just under the skin’s surface but also surrounds your vital organs, which causes serious health problems.  Not sure how your belly should look?  Measure your waist in inches and divide it by your hip in inches.  If your waist to hip ratio is more than .90 for men or more than .75 for women, changes need to be made.

~ Toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles are great exercises, but spot exercising will not reduce your abdominal fat.  A healthy lifestyle with routine exercise and daily physical activity will help fight obesity as well as reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease!

~ Don’t smoke and if you drink alcohol, keep it to a minimum.

 




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