The rioters have been excited to recently meet the lovely Dr. Connie Guttersen. She is the author of The New Sonoma Diet. Dr. Connie shares below the health benefits of dark chocolate and her favorite ways to indulge too!
Don't forget to pick up healthy, dark chocolate V-Day treats for you and your sweetie at shop.sweetriot.com or your local Whole Foods.
Eating Dark Chocolate: Health Benefits and Power Combinations
Dr. Connie Guttersen, author of The New Sonoma Diet
There’s something enticing about dark chocolate, especially when it comes in precious tiny packages or lurks behind a well-lit glass case. It’s the ultimate pleasure food, and the good news is that dark chocolate also provides many health benefits.
Studies suggest that the antioxidants in dark chocolate and cacao, called flavanols, may protect arteries and help them relax, thereby easing blood flow. Enjoying just a quarter-ounce of dark chocolate every day has been found to lower blood pressure without increasing body weight, (according to a fifteen-year Dutch study). The anti-inflammatory compounds of dark chocolate are just what the doctor ordered when the percentage of cacao is greater than 70%.
My favorite way to enjoy this healthy indulgence is to pair dark chocolate with some of my favorite foods:
Combine dark chocolate and almonds; this is a super way to get a nutrient-rich snack that is delicious and rich, and gives you twice the concentration of flavonoids.
Add a tablespoon of dark mini-chips to steel cut oats—it’s one of my kids’ favorite!
Tiny pieces of dark chocolate are marvelous in a hot cup of coffee, cappuccino or hot cocoa; you don’t even need to add any sweetener or chocolate syrup.
We are super excited to be rioting with our friends at Birchbox this month. Birchbox is a sweetriot girl's dream. Each month you receive a sampling of the best products and insider beauty secrets at your doorstep. It just so happens that sweetriot made a cameo appearance in February's monthly box. Riot on to all our glamorous rioters! Check out our feature on Birchbox http://www.birchbox.com/the-haute-box/sarah-endline-beauty-in-action
It's that time of year again. January has arrived and sometimes this means time to diet. The good news, however, continues on dark chocolate - make it part of your health plan in 2011! Read here how chocolate can help you lose weight!
Happy 2011! How is this for a scrumptious New Year's photo?! (I must admit that I absolutely LOVE chocolate covered strawberries!) Wishing you a year full of sweet delights and certainly more dark chocolate than 2010!
sweetriot was honored to attend the Neighborhood Achievement Awards at Mayor Bloomberg's Gracie Mansion recently.... and drumroll... we were awarded 'Manhattan Small Business of the Year!' What a treat and the good folks at the Mayor's office of small business services truly are dedicated to growing businesses in our fine city. (If you look really closely at the photo, you'll notice that each award includes a customized photo from the NYC archives... in our instance, they gave us a photo of cacao trees from the 1930's! How cool is that?!)
It is so hot in NYC! I was just telling a friend it is like winter except there are 'gusts of heat' rather than 'gusts of snow.' Just beware that you should protect your sweetriot chocolate by always keeping it in safe, shady spots and ideally always under 72 degrees. Contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not belong in the refrigerator... just put it in cool, dry places.