Are you a chocolate lover? Is it because you appreciate chocolate for its health properties. If you know chocolate can be healthy, did you know that its because of the cacao (cocoa) beans its made from, and that healthy chocolate needs to contain at least 72% cacoa. Cacao contains flavonoids that have high levels of antioxidants, which can boost your immune system. Chocolate can also protect you from heart attack and stroke by lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation and improving your mood. Did I mention that chocolate can be used as a homemade beauty recipe to improve your skin?
So if you want to feel healthy and look fabulous, try these two homemade chocolate recipes.
Homemade Chocolate Facial Beauty Remedy Recipe
- 1 tsp cacao
- ½ tsp honey
- 1 tbsp sour cream or yogurt / kefir or 1 tbsp avocado
- 1 tsp oatmeal powder
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.
Healthy Chocolate Truffles
- 1/2 pound (about 250 grams) of good-quality semisweet chocolate (72% cocoa content)
- 1/4 cup all purpose cream (or whipping cream)
- 1 teaspoon strong coffee
- Cocoa for dusting
Melt the chocolate. Warm up whipping cream in a saucepan. Add one teaspoon coffee to cream, stir, and remove from heat. Mix all the ingredients and stir well until thicken. Put into refrigerator for at least for thirty minutes and then form into truffle-sized balls. Roll the truffles in the cocoa. Lay out on waxed paper and refrigerate again before serving, but serve at room temperature.
Don’t forget to breathe, smile and be happy.
Irina Wardas, HHC
Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Counselor and Coach