#CHOCOLATE – IS IT GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?…

#Chocolate – is it good or bad for you?

There has been lots written in the tabloids about the benefits of eating #chocolate but is this true or false?

Well, according to Medical News Today, #chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. Its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. … #chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.

Some studies have suggested #chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.

Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the U.K. found that “After eating dark #chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”

Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage linked with premature ageing. It can be found in foods such as beans, fruit and dark #chocolate.  Dark #chocolate ranks higher than many fruit and vegetables for its antioxidant power.

Healthline says dark #chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark #chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

So, I guess eaten properly the answer is a definite ‘yes’  #chocolate can be good for you. How appropriate is that with #Chocolate Week this week from 15th – 21st October. ENJOY

 

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NATIONAL BAKING WEEK 15TH-21ST OCTOBER, 2018…

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National Baking Weekthis year takes place during 15th-21st October.

Pyrex originally founded National Baking Week back in 2007 with other like-minded #baking brands, with the aim of encouraging people of all abilities to bake at home.

With Britain’s fascination with #baking and cooking shows growing year on year, #baking at home is as popular as ever, no matter what the level of ability.

Here are a few reasons why #baking at home has other benefits than just eating the yummy creations!

1. #baking stimulates the senses

2. Nourishing activities feel good

3. Cooking is Meditative

4. #baking is creative

5. #baking makes other people happy.

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CHOCOLATE WEEK 15-21st OCTOBER, 2018…

Chocolate Week, the nation’s favourite themed week, returns for a 14th consecutive year, celebrating the world of fine #chocolate from 15 to 21 October 2018.

Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and #chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, #chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best #chocolate brands from around the world.

Chocolate Week aims to promote fine flavour #chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the #chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their #chocolate.

A list of participants can be found on the Chocolate Week website. 

 

MY MOST POPULAR SEPTEMBER POST WAS ALL ABOUT SOUPS…

The most popular post I wrote in September was all about soups, Five Reasons Why Soup is the Ultimate Comfort Food. 

I am sure it was so popular due to the change in the seasons at the moment with Autumn on our doorstep and feeling more like a lovely warm soup rather than a salad seems to tempt us.

Nowadays you could just about make any type of soup in a matter of minutes but and you can find an abundance of recipes on the internet but how many of you have a soup maker to cook it in and if so which is your favourite?

My husband adores making soup and we have gone through a number of soup makers but one he bought recently was the Tefal Easy Soup Maker which we bought on Amazon. It can create different soup texture combinations, also, creates compote and blends without heat and comes with a manual and with a 1 year warranty. 

We had a Morphy Richards soup maker before for a few years and used it regularly but just fancied a change of dealer this time. Theirs had a 2 year warranty and does all the usual a soup maker does including a motorised blending blade in the lid and was a doddle to clean. 

To get the best reviews on soup makers head directly to the Soup Makers Reviews website.which has their 2018 top 10 soup makers table. They have ranked them based on value for money, so if money is no object for you, you’re likely to want to head over to our premium soup maker section for the best of the best. Their number one choice, funnily enough, is the Morphy Richard’s one which I have just written about.

 

 

 

FIVE REASONS WHY SOUP IS THE ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD…

Now Autumn is well and truly kicking in, the nights are starting to draw in and the mercury is on a slow downward slope, our bodies start to crave the warmth of comfort food. But instead of opting for stodgy, carb-based staples that will comprise all the salads you ate during the summer, discover afresh the ultimate cold weather comfort food – soup. Quick and easy to prepare, extremely versatile, nourishing and healthful, it’s a great comfort food to turn to when it gets chilly outside. There are so many great qualities that mean soup deserves to be your new best friend this autumn…

1. PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME…

Modern life seems to be a constant rush, so it’s little wonder that we see an inexorable rise in the popularity of convenience foods and takeaways. One of the great benefits of soup is that it can be made in advance, frozen easily and reheated quickly. Or you can simply pop your ingredients into a soup-maker and enjoy fresh food ready for when you come in in the evening – check out a few of the best soup makers.

2. A SATISFYING MEAL…

Another problem with junk food is that it’s a lot of empty calories – you may fill yourself up with unhealthy treats only to find that you’re hungry again an hour later. Soup can be made as hearty as you like – try bulking it out with potatoes and pearl barley for a traditional Scotch broth, lentils and beans for a spicy Mexican flavour, pasta in a Minestrone or noodles in Asian-style udon. The possibilities are endless – you could even make deluxe cheesy croutons on top of a French onion soup. Soup has a large water content, which means it keeps you hydrated as well – people often confuse hunger with being dehydrated. Studies have even cited soup as a diet aid for this reason, as being hydrated means that you’ll feel satisfied for longer and are less likely to reach for calorie-laden snacks.

3. SOUP IS A HEALTH AID…

It’s a fact that most cooking methods reduce the amount of vitamins and minerals in a vegetable. Making soup is the only method that doesn’t, due to all the vitamin-packed cooking water becoming part of the broth. Homemade chicken soup has also been proven to help alleviate colds and flu due to its ability to clear mucus and act as an anti-inflammatory to soothe aching muscles.

4. IT HELPS YOU EAT MORE VEGETABLES…

If you are trying to achieve your five a day, soup is a great way to get more vegetables in easily. Try adding peppers and onions to homemade tomato soup, or coming up with great tasting new combinations, such as butternut squash, leek and shallot. The only limit is your imagination. Plus, if you have children who are fussy about eating greens, it’s a great way to sneak extra nutrients in!

5. IT’S SUPER EASY TO MAKE…

Even if your culinary skills leave a lot to be desired, soup is easy to make. You can experiment by adding in any ingredients you like, and the whole thing is very hard to mess up. You can even vary a recipe by making a batch of soup and then adding something new for the following night.