A piece of dark chocolate a day may keep heart disease at bay. German researchers found that people who ate an average of 7.5 g of dark chocolate daily had lower blood pressure and an 11 per cent reduced risk of developing heart disease than those who ate 1.7 g of chocolate. The abundance of disease-fighting flavonols found in cocoa is thought to be behind this heart-healthy effect.
1 cup (250 ml) skim milk
3 tsp (15 ml) dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 ml) honey
In saucepan bring milk to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in cocoa powder, vanilla and honey. Pour into mug and top with sprinkle of cinnamon.
Each serving contains: 649 kilojoules; 9 g protein; 3 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 26 g carbohydrates; 2 g fibre; 109 mg salt
source: "Snack Time", alive Australia #011, autumn 2012
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