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Tempting Trio: Chocolate, Coffee, and Wine!

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   11 Comments | Posted in chocolate · coffee · wine
Yay! I finally spotted an article that says what I’ve known all along:  dark chocolate is good for me! 

The online slideshow/article lists 33 foods deemed to help us “stay young forever”.  Chocolate keeps company with the likes of salmon, berries, broccoli, and other not so unexpected stuff.  To read about all 33 go to this MSN Health & Fitness link.  Each food listed also shares links to three pertinent recipes. 

In the interest of being thorough I reviewed the dark chocolate recipes. While tempting, I don’t imagine they will be considered Weight Watchers friendly any time soon.  Or, like, ever.

But that doesn’t matter.  What matters is that dark chocolate is GOOD for us! It contains resveratrol and flavanols, whatever they are—and does it really matter, buttercup? The point is, those whatchamathingies are in dark chocolate and they are GOOD for us! Yay! Apparently, they help protect our skin against sun damage and aid in circulation. Did I mention that dark chocolate is GOOD for us?

Who says I can’t focus?

This is terrific news. It means that quarter pound bag of dark chocolate Peanut M&Ms is actually medicinal, right up there with my QT Toffee Coffee (caffeine helps reduce the risk of colon cancer and diabetes per WebMD) and Friday night glass. . .er, glasses. . .of vino (heart healthy per  

Turns out I’m a health nut.  Who knew?

Take this news and run with it.  Finish off your coffee, rip open that bag of dark chocolate Peanut M&Ms and pour a big glass of wine. It’ll be GOOD for you!

Til next time –

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11 Responses to "Tempting Trio: Chocolate, Coffee, and Wine!"

  1. Comment by Karen Lange
    September 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm  

    Had to laugh at this. Apparently I'm a health nut too. Just had some dark chocolate, actually. 🙂 I feel healthier already.

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm  

    Hi Karen – Breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions! 🙂

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm  

    I'm going to get some health food right now!

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm  

    I am so happy that you researched this stuff.I'm totally there with you on the wine, Lisa. I like chocolate well enough, and am glad to hear that it really is good for me. But I'll take Merlot in a Jimmy Buffett cup anytime over the candy. Call me crazy (or one plagued with low blood sugar). :>)

  5. Comment by anita
    September 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm  

    You always provide the coolest info! I LOVE dark chocolate — forget the peanuts — and I do like wine. I even like berries a whole lot — you're good.

  6. Comment by Lynn
    September 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm  

    You're funny! Was ice cream on the list?

  7. Comment by Carrie
    September 16, 2010 at 8:28 am  

    Thanks for the health tips:-) I have the coffee and dark chocolate covered…looks like I need to start drinking more HA HA

  8. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    September 16, 2010 at 10:33 am  

    I always have those semi-sweet chips in my pantry for my Go-To chocolate fix. (And don't forget peanuts-they're good for you, too. I scoop up a big teaspoon of peanut butter and cover it with the little chocolate chips. Oh my gosh, I'm gonna have to go now. PB and C is calling.)

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm  

    Hi Linda – Everything is perspective, isn't it? :)Hey Kathy – Reminds me of the saying: "Wine improves with age…I improve with wine!" And in a Jimmy Buffet cup, well, it just doesn't get any better.Hi Anita – I have more good news. Did you know that if you smile before partaking that all the calories escape? I can't prove that one, but I sure like the sound of it.

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm  

    Hi Lynn – Sadly, no. Ice cream did not make the cut. But I have a theory about ice cream. Since it contains vitamin D and calcium, that makes it a nutritional supplement, right? Right?Hey Carrie – LOL Well, it would be in the interests of a healthy heart, after all… :PHi Cathy – Man, you always manage to come up with the best ideas. That sounds like a fantastic snack, and peanut butter is loaded with protein, so a wallop of that is just as healthy as going to the gym. Yum!

  11. Comment by BECKY
    September 24, 2010 at 12:50 am  

    How the heck did I miss this?? And today, I just blogged about chocolate! Boy, I feel really bad that I've been totally out of it when it comes to reading some of my favorite blogs!! Please forgive me….Mea Culpa…!!

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