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Chocolate – a Popular Comfort Food

Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Chocolate is known as a comfort food that is believed to boost moods. Dark chocolate contains plant phenols, which have been shown to lower blood pressure. The dark chocolate, however, should be eaten moderately and have 65% cacao. Chocoholics who love chocolate milk but who are allergic to dairy products can also now purchase dark chocolate almond milk. The tasty almond milk can be found at High Desert grocery stores like Stater Brothers and Winco.

Chocolate has come a long way since the early WWII  military chocolate that was served as a morale boost and as a high-energy emergency ration. The D  ration bar had certain requirements:

The bar was required to:

  1. Weigh 4 ounces (112 g)
  2. Be high in food energy value
  3. Be able to withstand high temperatures
  4. Taste “a little better than a boiled potato*

Care packages with chocolate can be ordered for soldiers, college students, owners of a new home, parents having a new baby, get well wishes, birthday gifts and whatever other reason one can think of – even space chocolate gifts. Chocolate comforts loved ones near and far. NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, the American on the ISS, is expecting a shipment by Orbital Sciences Corp’s new cargo ship named Cygnus. Her husband, NASA astronaut Douglas Hurley, is sending a care package sent in that shipment. Nyberg is “counting on a fresh stash of chocolate.” 

The International Space Station is quite fascinating to observe. The ISS provides a platform to conduct scientific research. Its scheduled sightings can be followed at http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/.

 

 

Fight the Monday Blues with Citrus, Bagels, and Dark Chocolate

One thing that most people don’t like about Sundays is knowing they have to get up early the next morning to go to work. That is probably why some small business owners choose to be closed on Mondays. Mondays tend to depress some individuals.

According to the following studies, citrus, bagels, and dark chocolate might be an option to lift that Sunday-evening and Monday depressed feeling. Previous studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. Folate, a B vitamin found in dark green vegetables like spinach, beans and citrus affects neurotransmitters that impact mood. In a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, people who for a year followed a very-low-carbohydrate diet—which allowed only 20 to 40 grams of carbs daily, about the amount in just 1⁄2 cup of rice plus one piece of bread—experienced more depression, anxiety and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and beans.

Foods can affect how you feel. Eating the right foods can help your moods, and eating the wrong foods can make you feel worse. There is another thing, however, that a person can get to help prevent or overcome depression. It’s called faith – like Abraham in the Bible had.

Abraham traveled to a new country. He left the comforts of home, relatives, and friends and began the journey with his wife, Sarah, and his nephew named Lot. Abraham was about 75 years old, older than the age most people retire in the USA. Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God” (Romans 4:20).

Try fighting the Monday blues with a mixture of good foods like mentioned in the studies above and faith like Abraham had. Since it’s Sunday evening, I invite you to take a few minutes to watch this video that I happened to come across today. It made me smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too.

Share something good with someone tomorrow, and make them smile on a Monday!

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