Friday, February 13, 2009

Celebrate Valentine's Day with A Dark Chocolate and a Cup of Ginger Tea~

Wishing you all a beautiful Valentines Day~

We will be spending the day with the children/grandchildren...attending the 10 year olds basketball game.

Share your love.



The compounds that benefit your health (antioxidants and phenols) are in the cocoa solids. The more cocoa solids your chocolate has, the darker the chocolate will appear. But you can't rely on looks or marketing alone since any chocolate can be labeled "dark," even if it doesn't contain a high concentration of cocoa. The first ingredient on the label should be cocoa, chocolate, or cocoa liquor. Choose a product that contains at least 70 percent cocoa. This percentage should be listed on the label.

Be choosy about your chocolate. Bypass the colorful chocolate candies, skip the milk chocolate hearts, and turn away from the fancy bonbons.

This chart can help you know what to look for when choosing chocolate:

A few more chocolate tips:

Many mainstream chocolate manufacturers use cheaper vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter, including Hershey. Steer clear of anything that includes added fats and oils (look for cocoa butter as an ingredient).

Stay away from any label that doesn't say "chocolate"; "chocolaty," "made with chocolate," and "chocolate candy" all imply diluted chocolate.

Most supermarket brands are diluted by milk products and are semisweet, milk or sweet chocolate rather than dark chocolate. Pass them up and splurge on real "dark" chocolates (found in the "health" food section of most large grocery stores and available online).

Some dark chocolate to try*:
Our picks:
Hemp/Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds
Chili and Cacao Nibs
2-ounce bars, from $3

Endangered Species Chocolate
Our picks:
Dark Chocolate with Espresso Beans
Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds
Dark Chocolate with Deep Forest Mint
3-ounce bars, from $3.79

Equal Exchange
Our picks:
Orange Dark Chocolate
Mint Chocolate with a Delicate Crunch
Very Dark Chocolate
3.5-ounce bars, from $4.25

Green and Black's
Our picks:
Hazelnut and Currant
3.5-ounce bars, from $3.75

Bea Kunz


Jessica Sellers said...

Hi Bea,

I like ginger tea too! I just send a small amount through the garlic press, add some honey, and pow! If I have a cold, I don't even strain!

I am sitting here sipping some of your "Raspberry Royal" herbal tea and I realized it has ginger in it too. :) Gives it a nice zing. Ahh, perfect!

I hope you had a fun Valentine's!

BeaK. said...

Hi Jess,

The Raspberry Royal is yummy~
Our immune system really likes ginger and the other warm spices. The more we feed it the more it craves.

Keep sipping that ginger in whatever form you like, it's only a good thing!

Bea Kunz