Heart Healthy Cocoa Powder


{Hi Friends}

A cup of hot cocoa is a nice way to stay warm and cozy on cold winter days.    


Did you know that a spoonful of this chocolaty goodness has health perks?


Here are some insights worth knowing: 

  1. Pure cocoa powder is made by roasting and grinding the bean of the cacao plant.
  2. Cocoa powder contains no sugar and is low in fat.
  3. A 2-Tbsp. serving contains 25 mg of caffeine.  So no worries if you want to sip this before bedtime.
  4. Cocoa powder is a great source of flavanols, the same heart-healthy antioxidants found in berries and red wine.
  5. Cocoa powder contains 10 calories per serving & has 2 grams of fiber.



Cocoa powder maintains its taste & antioxidant levels for at least a year if stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Mine has been in my cupboard for about that long and it is still fresh
I sprinkle a dusting on my fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt for a yummy way to control those sugar cravings.



A few home-baked cookies are always good at any time.


Using one of my favorite mugs I purchased a while back is my small cure for the winter blues.
 It has one of my favorite flowers (Peony) painted on it.







Comments

Unknown said…
Mmm. That hot cocoa sounds delish, and I absolutely love your mug!
Unknown said…
Lovely post! I'm all relaxed and calm now. :-) Love the mug - and the cocoa info. Found you at Anything Blue Friday. Blessings!
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates
Anonymous said…
Nothing better than a warm hot cocoa and yours looks delicious. Of course, I like to put about ten-thousand mini-marshmallows on the top. (Sharon)

Thanks for sharing this yummy post on your gallery at #simplybebetsy.

The very best to you,
Sharon and Denise
It's a great idea to sprinkle cocoa on things. I think I will try it. I love your mug!