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:
- Weigh 4 ounces (112 g)
- Be high in food energy value
- Be able to withstand high temperatures
- 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.