To kick start the New Year my first post for January was –

1. How to Kickstart Your Health in the Right Direction. This was a reblog from my other blog Back Pain Blog UK.

2. Fact – There is a Certain Way to Pour Tea According to Scientists

3. Fruit and Vegetables in Season for January

4. Use Healing Herbs in Your Cooking

5. As a chocaholic I can almost guarantee there will be a post on chocolate every month. Last months was National Chocolate Cake Day 27th January 2022.

6. I had to repost this blog from Lifestyle Asia as she had such great tips – Lifestyle Asia’s List of 15 Best Cooking Tips from 2021…

7. With many people suffering from what was nick-named as a ‘killer cold’ I felt a post on the 9 Of the Best Herbal Teas for Colds and Flu would be appropriate.

8. Baking Tip Thursday

9. Foodie Preservation Tip

10. Another reblog with this delicious recipe from The Well Sourced Life – Baked Oatmeal Recipe from The Well Sourced Life.

11. This contest to get £500 for drinking tea had to be put on the blog. I hope someone took it up and gave it a go. Get £500 for Drinking Tea and Decide on the Ultimate ‘Builders Brew’

12. A Little Bit of History About Tea from 1422-1502 – I quite write a post on the History of Tea as it is so fascinating.

13. This post is a reblog from my other blog The Village Kitchen A Couple of Fascinating Facts About Coffee.

I hope you have enjoyed my posts in January and look forward to writing lots more this month. I will finish this post with my quote for the month of January.

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Here are eight great reasons why you can enjoy chocolate, even though it wouldn’t take much for me to enjoy it anyway

1.A study from 2014 found that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels – both common causes of artery clogging.

2. Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar of dark (70 per cent or more) chocolate provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

3. Cocoa contains chemicals called polyphenols, and eating chocolate with high polyphenol levels – like that found in dark chocolate – could improve ‘good’ cholesterol levels, according to registered nutritionist Gaynor Bussell.

4. People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, according to a study of more than 1,000 people who were all asked: ‘How many times a week do you consume chocolate?’ The researchers, who published their results in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found people who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who only ate it occasionally – even after the other foods in their diet were taken into account.

5. It’s good for your skin. Chocolate has skin softening properties, probably as it contains cocoa butter. Hydration of the skin is possible – chocolate is a good moisturizer.

6. A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents.

7. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins. You can enjoy it pure or used on desserts.

8. Eating chocolate increases our endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.

Source: Natural Society, The Village Kitchen, Dessert Parlour, Bettavend