Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Treats? No Problem

Valentines Day is coming!  Chocolate, chocolate and, did I mention, dark chocolate?!
Who doesn't want to eat chocolate on Valentine's Day?  And isn't it great that dark chocolate has been in the "Good Nutrition News" lately?  

Our friend, dark chocolate, is super high in heart-healthy nutrients and has been shown to lower inflammation of the arteries and even reduce blood pressure.  So why not indulge a little on Valentine's Day?  {I am, but we'll keep it reasonable!}  

While we're at it, did you know that if you eat almonds with your chocolate they will keep your blood sugar from spiking as dramatically as it normally would without the almonds?  Studies have shown that when you consume any type of sugar with a small amount of fat, the fat helps regulate your blood sugar, decreasing the immediate spike that would otherwise occur.  Almonds are a great source of healthy fat!

Rich in protein & fiber, almonds are also moderately anti-inflammatory. They are champions in Omegas, especially Omega-6, and these little guys are packed with vitamins and minerals.  Because of all this, they lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and LDL (bad) cholesterol

By reducing the blood sugar level they also lower the rate of weight gain.  And by the way, they are completely delicious with chocolate.  Now what's not to like about that? So that's exactly why I am going to my kitchen next to come up with a new dark chocolate and almonds Valentine's Day treat!

I'll keep you posted  :)

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