Benefits of hot chocolate
When we stick to a diet or just try to watch our weight, give preference to a healthy lifestyle and eat right, all sweet seems taboo, forbidden and simply inconceivable. But this is not quite true. What do you know about chocolate? If only that it is harmful for the figure – you are wrong! Let’s talk about the benefits of hot chocolate, and you will definitely change your mind!
But it’s worth noting that we are talking about the melted chocolate bars, instead of cocoa beverages. By the way, people learned about the benefits of dark chocolate long time ago – in the 16th century with the help of this drink people struggled with a bad mood and treated colds.
The benefits of hot chocolate
Chocolate improves brain function
Studies have shown that hot chocolate can “wake up” the brain, improve memory, concentration. The point is that the hot chocolate increases blood flow and access of oxygen to the brain, helping us to think better.
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and vitamins
According to the scientists from Cornell University (US), hot chocolate contains more antioxidants than green tea and wine. Hot beverage made of chocolate contains more antioxidants than just a chocolate bar, in addition, they become more accessible to the organism, which means more useful.
Good dark chocolate contains many useful substances: PP vitamins, E, B2, B1, A, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, folic acid.
Chocolate improves mood
This delicious and sweet drink helps to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. Hot chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins (hormones of happiness), improves mood and, thus, makes us feel happy. Cocoa beans contain dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and phenylethylamine – natural neurotransmitters that are part of many stimulants. But do not forget that your cup of hot chocolate should not contain much sugar.
If you drink hot chocolate in the morning, the whole day will be in a good mood. If you drink chocolate in the afternoon, it will add strength and vigor, and the evening with a cup of hot chocolate will become more comfortable and romantic.
Chocolate strengthens blood vessels
The hot chocolate has flavonoids, which help to stabilize or lower blood pressure, strengthen blood vessels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. But at the same time, physicians advise to drink no more than two cups of chocolate per day, because it contains sugar and saturated fats. Everything is beneficial in moderate quantities.
Chocolate can help in the fight against obesity
Of course, we can’t say that it is quite safe for the figure. However, the moral dissatisfaction sometimes leads to worse consequences. In small quantities, dark chocolate will not be as harmful as sugar. It contains fewer calories than sugar, but it is the same delicious and also improves mood, like sweets. If you replace all the harmful sweet things by hot chocolate, you won’t gain extra kilos so fast.
Some recipes of hot chocolate
The classic recipe for hot chocolate:
melt black slab chocolate, mix it with water and pour into a container with boiling milk.
Another more detailed recipe:
– dark chocolate – 200 g;
– milk – 50 ml.
Heat the milk to 50 degrees. Break the chocolate bar into small pieces. Next, place the milk heated in a saucepan to simmer in a water bath, and gradually add chocolate into it. When you added the main ingredient you need to constantly stir the drink until getting a homogeneous mass.
Recipe of hot chocolate with cinnamon:
– bitter chocolate – 200 g;
– milk – 700 ml;
– cream 20% fat – 300 ml;
– cinnamon – a pair of sticks.
Mix milk and cream in a container and then bring them to a boil. Crush sticks of cinnamon in a mortar, add milk and leave for 5 minutes in this state. Then strain it. Break a chocolate bar into slices and throw into still hot milk. Mix thoroughly.
Brazilian hot chocolate recipe:
– bitter chocolate – 125 g;
– milk – 500 ml;
– water – 250 ml;
– strong coffee – 60 ml;
– sugar – 100 g
Boil water and remove from heat. Add to the boiling water pieces of the broken chocolate and stir until it is dissolved completely. Pour milk into a separate saucepan and heat, so that it almost boiled. Pour the hot milk into the melted chocolate. Stir and add strong coffee and sugar. Again, stir and heat on a water bath, until the sugar dissolves.