Forget About The Flowers, Bring on the
Copyright 2006 Heaven Ministries
I donít care too much about the history of
Valentines Day, or about who the little man called cupid with the arrow
is. What I do care about though, is getting some tasty chocolates. I
absolutely love chocolate and when I was younger, I got away with eating
it. Now that I am in a more mature stage in my life, it makes me fat and
Chocolate is not very good for you. But the good
news is, cocoa is VERY good for you, and if you didnít already know it
that is where chocolate comes from.
Pure cocoa powder is filled with calcium and potassium, which are
two valuable vitamins and minerals our body needs.
When someone says, chocolate is good for you, they actually mean
to say, cocoa is good for you. Did you know that cocoa even has
antioxidants that ward off cancer and makes new cells?
Do you know how many pieces of chocolate candy you
would have to eat to get the vitamins you get from just one tablespoon
of cocoa? An awful lot of
chocolate pieces, thatís for sure. Does all this stop me from eating
chocolate candies and candy bars? No way!
Unfortunately, I must admit, I do have to limit how much
chocolate I eat because it messes with my blood sugar in a not so good
way, which makes me irritable.
A good substitute for chocolate is carob. Most
health food stores carry carob powder and carob chips for baking. Be sure to read the labels though. Some carob products have
sugar in them, which takes away from the health benefits. Carob powder is bitter like cocoa powder so you have to
sweeten it with sugar or honey, but you can sweeten both cocoa and carob
powders with date sugar, which is unprocessed sugar right from the cane.
Yep, I love chocolate. My son asked me once which I
liked getting better for Valentines Day, my box of chocolates or dozen
roses, and I told him the truth; of course I like the chocolates. Alas, I do have to hide my box of chocolates from other
chocolate lovers in the house or theyíll get eaten up in a flash.
Also, they donít last as long as the flowers, and they donít look as
nice either, but tell that to my taste buds. My husband stopped buying
me flowers for Valentines Day.
My favorite chocolates without going too deep into
the pocket book are the Whitmanís Sampler. The reason is simple. Each
and every chocolate is good. There is not one Whitmanís Sampler
chocolate that I donít like. Thatís saying a lot for a box of
chocolates. All the other boxes of chocolates at comparable prices have
lower quality chocolates.
If itís not Whitmanís Sampler, hereís what
happens, you bite into a chocolate that looks good on the outside, but
on the inside itís not even chocolate! Itís orange flavored candy or
cherry crŤme. Before I figured out which brands were the best, which
took a lot of chocolate eating, I would have boxes of chocolates with
almost every candy half bitten into just sitting in its prospective
brown wrapper waiting for my husband to do what he is good at, eating
the leftovers. I liked the flowers better back then.
Have a blessed day with your loved ones, and
donít eat too much chocolate now.