Chocolate is the Ingredient for Happiness 1


All I needed was proof that chocolate holds the ingredients to improve my happiness.

Aha, I can now validate my ‘addiction’!

In truth cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants.[3] They also containalkaloids such as theobrominephenethylamine and caffeine.[4] 

These have physiological effects on the body and are linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research has found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

So here is a delicious chocolate recipe for happiness!

All you need is an ice cube tray, 2 slabs of cooking chocolate and a dozen fresh strawberries from your local farmers market:

Step 1: Finely chop the two slabs of dark cooking chocolate chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl that fits snuggly in a saucepan (this stops water spraying into the chocolate).

 

Step 2: Half-fill saucepan with water and bring to a simmer. Place bowl on top, making sure it doesn’t touch water (or it will overheat).

 

Step 3: Stir with a metal spoon until melted. Avoid wooden or plastic spoons – these retain moisture that makes chocolate seize (harden).

 

Step 4: Fill the two ice trays with melted chocolate and put strawberries in them. I love to buy my strawberries straight from the grower at my local farmers market. During summer, seasonal strawberries are their juiciest.

 

You can freeze the chocolate bites and enjoy anytime. An easy treat to make you happy!

I love grabbing a bunch of these bites, and sitting under the boughs of the fragrant frangipani tree in my backyard on a warm, sunny day. The blissful first bite of these sweet delights, truly are heavenly. And now knowing that they are improving my physiological happiness, I’m going to hunt around for more chocolate recipes.

Stay tuned, for how caffeine can improve your wellbeing…


About Dinethra Menon

Dinethra Menon is a freelance medical writer based in Sydney with over a decade of medical communications expertise. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a post graduate diploma in genetic counselling.


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