It’s Friday! Can we all breathe a collective sigh of relief on that one? I seriously don’t even know what I’ve been doing lately, just that I’ve been busy. And this weekend promises to hold the same – we have plans with friends both tonight and tomorrow night [both fun Christmasy events!] and guess what – in a complete and total nod to my overall unpreparedness these past two months, we aren’t ready at all for either! I haven’t even made Christmas cards or sent them out yet [cutesy photo cards may not be making an appearance this year, which makes me SO sad. figuring out my depressed Christmas card situation is #1 on my list of things to do... tomorrow.] I also haven’t started Christmas shopping, have no idea what to get anyone, and haven’t started my 15 rounds of furious baking.
One thing I have been doing? Eating handfuls of chocolate chips every night. Chocolate chips that were meant for baking that have since just become my late night dessert. Definitely going to have to restock those – both white chocolate and dark chocolate. #bakingfail
The people over at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition [side note: I think I should work there... I am 100% committed to furthering that chocolate = nutritious health food] sent me an email a couple weeks ago that only furthered my love affair with chocolate and all of its health benefits. From the email they sent, “Studies suggest that 1-2 tablespoons of natural cocoa per day is all it takes to reap its benefits for cardiovascular health.1 That’s one serving of hot cocoa or 3 pieces of HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolates – both easy to incorporate into your holiday this year.”
I mean, I’m pretty sure that means that if you double their suggestions, you get double the benefits, right? [Kidding, they definitely did not say that. But I might be onto something there...]
Since I’m guessing that you’re going to be hanging around, baking, or consuming just as many treats as I am this holiday season, you’ll be happy to know that all that dark chocolate won’t just go straight to your hips. Here’s a whole infographic about all the other good things it will do :
Potential Nutritional Benefits of Natural Cocoa & Dark Chocolate – Infographic In all that bloggerness where you have to disclose things: Hershey sent me this infographic and asked if I’d share it. I love chocolate and infographics, so I said “YES!”… Sounds kind of like getting proposed to, except via email and with much less of an impact to my marital life. Thanks, Hershey for furthering my love of Infographic Friday and giving me a good excuse reason to eat more chocolate during the holidays! All in the name of health.