Unsweetened cocoa powder – Nestle European Chocolate http://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T191753.945.png Unsweetened cocoa powder – Nestle European Chocolate http://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/ 32 32 Three Easy and Enjoyable New Year Baking Recipes That Turn Out Perfect Every Time https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/three-easy-and-enjoyable-new-year-baking-recipes-that-turn-out-perfect-every-time/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:00:31 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/three-easy-and-enjoyable-new-year-baking-recipes-that-turn-out-perfect-every-time/ Photo credit: Stephan Andrew I tend to cook a lot throughout the Christmas season, sometimes starting as early as mid-November, so by the time New Years rolls around I’m pretty much done. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to cook, just that I want to do things that are simple, stress-free and that will […]]]>
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I tend to cook a lot throughout the Christmas season, sometimes starting as early as mid-November, so by the time New Years rolls around I’m pretty much done. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to cook, just that I want to do things that are simple, stress-free and that will be perfect every time. With that in mind, I want to offer three easy, foolproof recipes that can be made quickly and are guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family.

The best fudge brownies

If you’ve always been looking for that perfect fudgy brownie recipe that has a nice thin crust on top and lots of goo and chewiness on the bottom, this is it. Follow the instructions carefully and use very good quality chocolate.

Ingredients

85 g unsalted butter (plus a little to grease the mold)
170g dark chocolate
25g unsweetened cocoa powder
115g flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
220g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Method

Preheat the oven to 176°C. Grease an 8-inch square pan, line it with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides, grease the paper and set aside. Put the butter, dark chocolate and cocoa powder in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second bursts until the butter and chocolate have melted and all the ingredients are well combined. You can also do this in a glass bowl set over a small pot of simmering water on the stove. Once the ingredients have melted, allow to cool slightly. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric hand whisk, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed for at least 4 minutes (this will help develop that nice thin crust on top of the brownies so be sure to you mix well). Add the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. On low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes. A skewer inserted into the brownies should come out with a few gooey (but not wet) crumbs on them. Lift the brownies from the pan using the excess paper and let them cool completely on a wire rack before cutting them into squares.

Three Easy and Enjoyable New Year’s Recipes That Turn Out Perfect Every Time

Mixed Berry Bread Pudding

This is a twist on my Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, but it’s just as easy to make and delicious without much work or effort. It’s also a great way to eat lots of healthy berries for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients

350g brioche bread (cut into cubes)
240ml milk
240ml cream
4 eggs
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
175g frozen mixed berries (or fresh berries)

Preheat the oven to 175°C and lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish. Put half of the brioche bread in the dish, add half of the berries and repeat with another layer of bread and berries. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, caster sugar and vanilla essence, and pour over the bread and berries. Press the bread into the milk mixture with a spatula, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes or until bread pudding looks puffy. Serve hot or cold.

Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping

If you love banana bread (and who doesn’t), you can’t get enough of these muffins! Not only can you use all those overripe bananas on your counter, but you also only need two bowls and a muffin tray to whip up the entire recipe.

Ingredients

110g walnuts
230g flour
150 g) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 pinches of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 eggs
113g butter (melted, cooled)
300g bananas (mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla

streusel

57g melted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour (may need more)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12 muffin pan with paper cups. Toast the nuts in the oven until fragrant, then coarsely chop them. In a large bowl, combine nuts, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl or pitcher, combine the eggs, melted butter, mashed bananas and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir with a spatula until just blended. Do not overmix. The dough should be thick and thick. Fill muffin cups almost to the top.

Combine all streusel ingredients in a small bowl until chunks form, sprinkle generously over muffins, then bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

The writer is a pastry chef by profession and holds a Le Cordon Bleu pastry diploma

Originally published in Dawn, EOS, January 9, 2022

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Astronaut tells how he prepares snacks in space https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/astronaut-tells-how-he-prepares-snacks-in-space/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:00:01 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/astronaut-tells-how-he-prepares-snacks-in-space/ Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have to change – to put it mildly – ​​many daily habits that we people here on dry land take for granted. Going to the bathroom on the space station, for example, is a harrowing experience. Food preparation, as an astronaut Megan McArthur shown in the video below, […]]]>

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have to change – to put it mildly – ​​many daily habits that we people here on dry land take for granted. Going to the bathroom on the space station, for example, is a harrowing experience. Food preparation, as an astronaut Megan McArthur shown in the video below, is also very different from what it is here on Earth. Although it’s actually a lot easier.

Digg featured in the video above, which America’s Test Kitchen recently posted on its YouTube channel. As the channel notes, its team is made up of cooks and editors who perform thousands of culinary tests. In this case, one can only imagine the channel gathering ideas for more testing.

An astronaut looks at a small cracker snack floating aboard the International Space Station as she demonstrates how astronauts cook in space.
America’s Test Kitchen

In the video, NASA astronaut, oceanographer and engineer McArthur demonstrates how she prepares a full range of snacks and meals. She begins her “cooking” lesson by noting that the ISS only receives food resupplies every two months. Due to these time gaps and the lack of space in the refrigerator, she and the other astronauts have to rely on a lot of dehydrated foods. As well as indefinite shelf life sous vide snacks.

McArthur shows off a few different simple snacks for the Test Kitchen host; including dried fruits, nuts and cookies. But it’s the complete meals that are really interesting. To make a bowl of cereal, McArthur needs to rehydrate flakes, strawberries, and powdered milk with water. Similarly, if the astronaut wants chocolate milk, she must rehydrate the cocoa powder with hot water and then place it in the (small) refrigerator to cool it.

An astronaut prepares a fajita aboard the International Space Station as she demonstrates how astronauts cook in space.
America’s Test Kitchen

As for problematic foods? Anything that makes chunks squirt or crumbs up is either a special op or outright forbidden. McArthur notes that she has to be very careful if she eats fajitas; just like they do here on Earth, the innards of fajitas(?) often fall out of their tortillas. Although they fall in all directions, not just to the ground. And, in a painful annihilation of our childhood dreams, McArthur says “astronaut ice cream” isn’t even welcome on board thanks to its crumbliness. The delicious things that ooze, however, are absolutely celebrated.

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The Best Snacks That Helped Me Lose 80 Pounds + Recipes https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/the-best-snacks-that-helped-me-lose-80-pounds-recipes/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 13:14:16 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/the-best-snacks-that-helped-me-lose-80-pounds-recipes/ Last year, I lost 80 pounds without giving up the snacks or foods I love. Some of my favorite snacks are yogurt with toppings and air popcorn with mixes. I also like the Fried Zucchini Bites, Yasso Bars, and the Brownie Brittle. Loading Something is loading. Improving my health was incredibly intimidating for me because […]]]>
  • Last year, I lost 80 pounds without giving up the snacks or foods I love.
  • Some of my favorite snacks are yogurt with toppings and air popcorn with mixes.
  • I also like the Fried Zucchini Bites, Yasso Bars, and the Brownie Brittle.

Improving my health was incredibly intimidating for me because I thought I should let go of my love of snacking.

I had struggled with emotional binge eating since I was a kid, and it got worse when I lost my mom at the age of 17. less keep it away.

Fortunately, all I had to do was make some changes to my eating habits. And finding satisfying snacks and sharing them on my TikTok @spenceralexisfitness account has been a game-changer for me.

I love to choose snacks that I am passionate about and try to focus on what I eat rather than what I eat.

Of course, everyone has different strategies for losing weight and eating mindfully, but this is what works for me.

Read on for some of my favorite snacks.

I eat popcorn bowls almost everyday because they are simple and customizable

I throw air popcorn with low sugar chocolate chips, crackers or other little things into a bowl and eat it like trail mix.

It can be sweet or savory – or you can make a little of each.

Yasso bars contain a decent amount of protein

Spencer with a box of Yasso pops

Yasso bars are available in different flavors.

Spencer morin


Protein has been really helpful in my


weightloss

travel because it helps me feel more satisfied – and Yasso bars are full of it because it’s made with Greek yogurt.

A Yasso bar typically contains 5 grams of protein. For reference, an egg contains 6 grams of protein.

Yasso makes many flavors, but my favorites are the chocolate chip cookie dough and the birthday cake.

If you’re not a fan of these bars, you can try other high protein frozen desserts from brands like Enlightened, Favorite Day, and Halo Top.

I love making zucchini bites in my air fryer

My air fryer is my best friend because I can use it to satisfy most of my cravings in under 10 minutes.

To prepare my zucchini bites, I garnish the sliced ​​zucchini with grated Parmesan, paprika, garlic salt and black pepper. Sometimes I change it up by topping them with taco seasoning or using sliced ​​sweet potatoes as a base instead.

My candy bar oatmeal tastes indulgent but has fewer calories than most heavy desserts

A spoonful of oatmeal with marshmallows and chocolate

I like to improve oatmeal with caramel syrup.

Spencer morin


I’m not a big fan of oatmeal, but I think the sheer amount of fiber and the number of toppings you can add makes this a solid breakfast for anyone with a sweet tooth.

To make oatmeal into a candy bar, mix 1/2 cup of oats with 1/2 tbsp of unsweetened caramel syrup and 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. Then cook the oatmeal you have chosen according to the instructions on the package.

Add a Rolo in the center of the oatmeal while it is still hot and top it with whatever you want. Sometimes I mash a Fiber One brownie on top, then add mini marshmallows and low calorie chocolate syrup.

When I cook this dish it usually comes down to around 275 calories.

Bretzel Thins are a versatile snack, especially when paired with a dip

Pretzel Thins are available in just about any flavor, from chocolate caramel to Buffalo wing.

You can nibble them plain or accompany them with a dip. Some of my favorite dips are Aldi’s Chickpea Brownie Dough, TGI Friday’s Frozen Spinach Dip, and Grilled Red Pepper Hummus.

I love frozen fruit with a twist or a chocolate shell

green grapes and bananas on a plate on a platter

I like to put lime juice on green grapes and freeze them.

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I love to sprinkle green grapes with lime juice, then put them in the freezer. They taste like a tangy candy.

Sometimes I buy frozen chocolate covered fruit from TruFru or Banana Babies – they make a great late night snack.

Brownie Brittle is great if you fancy chocolate

Chocolate is my weakness, and snacking on Brownie Brittle helps me satisfy my cravings in moderation. I also like the salted caramel flavor.

These chip-shaped snacks typically contain 120 calories per serving.

My version of dirt and worms makes me feel like a kid again

a cup of chocolate pudding topped with crushed chocolate cookies and gummy worms for a Dirt and Worms dessert

Dirt and worm cups usually contain pudding and gummy worms.

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I love making this classic childhood dessert with sugar-free chocolate pudding and crushed Oreo Thins. I use the gummy worms from SmartSweets, which do not contain any artificial or conventional sweeteners, and only add a few.

You can also replace the worms with whipped cream.

There are a few kinds of yogurts that I am looking for

Yogurt is a great way to get extra protein, especially at the start of the day.

Dannon Light and Fit Greek Crunch yogurts generally contain less than 150 calories and are available in several flavors. The strawberry and cheese one is my favorite.

I also like to stock up on Go-Gurt – each tube only has 50 calories and a suggested serving has three. I like to freeze them to make fro-yo popsicles.

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What is kosher? A Beginner’s Guide – CryptoMode https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/what-is-kosher-a-beginners-guide-cryptomode/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:46:40 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/what-is-kosher-a-beginners-guide-cryptomode/ “It’s not quite kosher for me” – everyone has heard this saying at one time or another. It means that something is wrong or is suspicious. But the original meaning is different. The term “kosher” originates from the Jewish faith and designates food that conforms to the dietary commandments of the Torah. “Kosher” means something […]]]>

“It’s not quite kosher for me” – everyone has heard this saying at one time or another. It means that something is wrong or is suspicious. But the original meaning is different. The term “kosher” originates from the Jewish faith and designates food that conforms to the dietary commandments of the Torah. “Kosher” means something like “pure” or “authorized”.

Jewish dietary laws, also known as the rules of kashrut, roughly divide food into kosher, i.e. permitted, and not kosher (tree) food. In addition, observant Jews distinguish between fleshy foods (Vasari), dairy foods (chalawi) and neutral foods (parve).

The origin of this Jewish commandment of purity lies in the millennial Torah, the holy scripture of the Jews. It corresponds to the Old Testament of the Bible and contains the five books of Moses. For example, the Torah prescribes not to prepare the kid in breast milk. It is the basis for the separation of milk and meat foods, both in preparation and consumption. The consequence: the respect of the time intervals between such dishes as well as separate dishes.

Another rule prohibits observant Jews from consuming blood. This is the reason for the controversial slaughter method still practiced today: in kosher slaughter, the animal should be bled as completely as possible.

Meat from mammals with cloven hoofs and ruminants can be eaten, as can poultry. Pork, on the other hand, is prohibited. Dairy products are permitted but cannot be cooked or eaten with meat. Fish with scales and fins are allowed, shellfish are prohibited. Fresh fruits and vegetables are allowed.

Those who want to live strictly according to the Jewish faith make sure that certain foods and products have been produced under rabbinical supervision.

This applies mainly to meat products, but also to wine, cheese, milk and eggs. Non-kosher products are meats from pigs, horses, camels, rodents, ostriches, birds of prey, catfish, pangasius, monkfish. Grape juice is also non-kosher. Animal fats, gelatin, emulsifiers are also prohibited if you want to eat kosher. Let’s take a look at the delicious snack – the Uga Koushik Jewish chocolate cake.

Uga Kushit is the one chocolate cake all kids love, and no children’s party in Israel is without it.

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder (for cooking)

1 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 package (125 mL) sweetened whipped cream (or unsweetened or milk cream or 1/2 cup milk or orange juice / water)

1 cup of flour + 1 teaspoon of leavening agent (avkat afiya) or hard kemach

1 bag of dark chocolate

1/2 remaining packet of sweet cream (steamed or evaporated, or 50g margarine)

Preheat the oven to 170 ° C. In a bowl, combine the butter, eggs, sugar, cocoa and flour with the baking powder. Add the cream (or another liquid ingredient of your choice) and stir again. Pour the dough into a lightly greased baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes, checking the readiness with a wooden stick.

Then heat the remaining half of the cream in the microwave or in a small saucepan. Break the chocolate into pieces, put it in a small bowl and pour the very hot cream on top. Mix into a smooth and shiny mass. Cover the hot (still hot) cake evenly with the still hot chocolate mixture. Cover the cooled cake with cling film or aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator. Decorate with colorful candies as desired. For a large family, we recommend that you do a double batch at a time. This cake would be the perfect Jewish cake in many cases – if you are planning a family lunch or looking for a tasty snack if you are watching a movie or acting on it. an online gaming platform.

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New restaurant in Flower Mound offers fried chicken and donuts combo https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/new-restaurant-in-flower-mound-offers-fried-chicken-and-donuts-combo/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 23:49:41 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/new-restaurant-in-flower-mound-offers-fried-chicken-and-donuts-combo/ A new fast-casual restaurant has just opened in Flower Mound, combining two of the hottest food groups: fried chicken and donuts. Called Honeybird + Donuts Sandwiches, it is located at 801 International Pkwy. (AKA the old Long Prairie Road), near the mixed-use development of Lakeside DFW, where it serves gourmet donuts, breakfast sandwiches and espresso […]]]>

A new fast-casual restaurant has just opened in Flower Mound, combining two of the hottest food groups: fried chicken and donuts.

Called Honeybird + Donuts Sandwiches, it is located at 801 International Pkwy. (AKA the old Long Prairie Road), near the mixed-use development of Lakeside DFW, where it serves gourmet donuts, breakfast sandwiches and espresso drinks.

Honeybird is from Debra Park, a young entrepreneur who is opening her first restaurant, with deep expertise in both the hospitality and donut industry.

“I come from a background in the donut shops,” says Park. “My parents owned donut shops after emigrating to the United States 30 years ago. I went to the University of Houston for hotel and restaurant management, knowing that I wanted to open my own restaurant or cafe. . “

While searching for the right niche, she worked for the Hyatt hotel chain and also for the airline industry, where she was based in Dubai, before returning to Dallas.

“My dad opened the Champ Donut Company in Fort Worth and wanted to open a second location. “There are tons of donut shops in Dallas, and I thought it would be nice to do something to stand out.”

Honeybird’s menu has three categories: donuts, fried chicken sandwiches, and breakfast.

Their Fried Chicken Sandwich features buttermilk fried chicken, Havarti cheese, lettuce, dill pickles and ranch mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. They also have a spicy Nashville style fried chicken sandwich and a roast beef sandwich with crispy onions and gruyere.

Morning options include a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on a brioche bun; a sandwich with a homemade pork sausage patty, scrambled eggs and smoked paprika mayonnaise; and cookie sandwiches with fried chicken on homemade buttermilk cookies. The sides include truffle fries and loaded toddlers.

Donuts include flavors such as cinnamon and maple bacon, cookies and cream, red velvet cake, and lemon poppy seeds.

“We entrust our bacon and our frostings are homemade, like our lemon poppy seed donut with a lemon frosting made with powdered sugar, water and lemon juice,” Park explains.

There’s a tiramisu donut with coffee frosting, mascarpone frosting, and a dusting of cocoa powder, and no matter the usual apple donut, they make a pineapple donut instead.

Their drink selection includes filter coffee and espressos, but also chai lattes and matcha lattes, which have their own followers.

It’s not just a donut store – there’s a small dining room with six tables and a stall.

“We’ve only been open for two weeks and so far a lot of our orders have been take out, but we can’t wait to become a staple,” she says.


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Does chocolate relieve menstrual cramps? https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/does-chocolate-relieve-menstrual-cramps/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:39:57 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/does-chocolate-relieve-menstrual-cramps/ Cramping is a nasty side effect of menstruation for many people. If you have painful period cramps (periods), you’ve probably been looking for ways to relieve them. Chocolate is often touted as a remedy for menstrual cramps. Some claim that its ability to reduce the severity of cramps is the reason many people crave it […]]]>

Cramping is a nasty side effect of menstruation for many people. If you have painful period cramps (periods), you’ve probably been looking for ways to relieve them.

Chocolate is often touted as a remedy for menstrual cramps. Some claim that its ability to reduce the severity of cramps is the reason many people crave it during their period. But some believe its benefits are more fiction than reality.

This article examines whether chocolate can help relieve period cramps and suggests other foods and remedies that may help as well.

For some people, chocolate can help relieve period cramps very well.

A few small studies have shown that dark chocolate, in particular, can reduce cramps and associated pain (1, 2, 3).

A study of 50 menstruating adolescent girls in a residential school in Indonesia analyzed the effects of dark chocolate compared to milk chocolate on menstrual cramps (1).

The results revealed that those who ate up to 40 grams of a 69% dark chocolate bar per day for the first 3 days after menstruation had significantly less period pain than those who drank 40 grams of chocolate milk per day. day for the same duration (1).

Another study, conducted among 40 menstruating students at a university in Indonesia, found that dark chocolate significantly reduced period pain (2).

Finally, researchers from a university in India divided 90 students into three groups: those who ate 120 grams of dark chocolate per day for 3 days after menstruation, those who drank 120 grams of milk chocolate per day during this period. period and those who did not drink it. Chocolate.

The results concluded that the milk chocolate group had a slight improvement in menstrual pain, but the dark chocolate group had the best improvement (3).

However, since these studies were small, we need more research to find out if and how dark chocolate helps relieve cramps.

Summary

A few small studies have shown that dark chocolate can reduce pain associated with period cramps. It seems to be better at relieving pain than milk chocolate.

It is believed that certain nutrients in dark chocolate affect the process that causes cramps.

A period occurs when the uterus loses its lining. To do this, hormone-like lipids called prostaglandins are released to cause the uterus to contract. These contractions cause painful menstrual cramps (4).

Magnesium, a mineral found in dark chocolate, is known to help relax muscles and, therefore, can relieve uterine contractions and pain. Magnesium may also inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which stimulate contractions (5, 6).

Some studies support this theory and even suggest that lower blood levels of magnesium are associated with more painful periods (7, 8).

Dark chocolate is higher in magnesium than milk chocolate, which may explain why it seems more effective in reducing period pain.

One ounce (28 grams) of 70-85% dark chocolate contains 15% of the daily value (DV) of magnesium, while the same amount of milk chocolate provides only 4% of the DV (9, ten).

The same amount of dark chocolate also provides 56% of the DV of the mineral copper.

The potential role of copper in reducing period pain is less clear than that of magnesium. Some researchers believe that since copper is used by the body to create pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins, it may help relieve period cramps (2).

Summary

Dark chocolate may help relieve period cramps due to its high magnesium content. Magnesium helps relax muscles and can stop the production of compounds that signal cramps. Copper, another nutrient found in dark chocolate, may also play a role.

In addition to the magnesium and copper in dark chocolate, other micronutrients can help relieve period pain.

Based on a review of 16 clinical studies, vitamins B1, D, E, and K, calcium, zinc, and boron appear to exhibit anti-inflammatory and other properties that help relieve painful periods (11).

For many of these nutrients, only the supplement versions were evaluated. Still, it probably won’t hurt to eat foods that contain it to see if they are relieving your period cramps. However, avoid these foods if you are allergic or sensitive to them.

Here are some nutrient-dense foods that can relieve menstrual cramps:

  • bananas
  • oranges
  • lawyers
  • green leafy vegetables
  • whole grains like brown rice and farro
  • legumes like black beans and lentils
  • nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds
  • yogurt (fortified with vitamin D)
  • Salmon
  • chicken
  • Tofu

Eating a balanced diet with plenty of plant foods, nutritious fats and proteins will keep you energized during periods of period pain.

Staying hydrated and limiting foods that can eat away at your energy, like refined carbs and alcohol – even if you feel like they’re giving you a quick, short-term boost – can also help.

Summary

Besides those found in dark chocolate, there are many crucial micronutrients that have the potential to help relieve period cramps. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are often the best sources of these nutrients.

Besides enjoying dark chocolate, there are many other remedies that can help relieve period cramps.

These include:

  • taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil)
  • applying a heating pad or hot towel to your abdomen and lower back
  • undergo massage therapy
  • sipping hot drinks, such as chamomile, ginger, or turmeric tea
  • walking and doing other moderate aerobic activities
  • doing light yoga

Summary

Other remedies for menstrual cramps include heating pads, over-the-counter medications, light exercise, and massage.

Dark chocolate seems to live up to the hype when it comes to relieving menstrual cramps.

Studies suggest that eating 40 to 120 grams of dark chocolate per day during your period can help reduce pain. This is probably because dark chocolate is high in magnesium, which can relax muscles and relieve muscle soreness.

If you want to try this remedy, choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content rather than milk chocolate. For other foods and remedies for menstrual cramps, check out the other recommendations in this article.


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Main food trends for 2022 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/main-food-trends-for-2022/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:37:21 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/main-food-trends-for-2022/ As people continue to focus on their well-being, their eating and drinking habits are transforming. Many people are looking for delicious and healthy foods and drinks, which has influenced the top food trends for 2022. “Better for you” foods and flavors can be found throughout these booming trends. The spice is nice Bring on the […]]]>

As people continue to focus on their well-being, their eating and drinking habits are transforming. Many people are looking for delicious and healthy foods and drinks, which has influenced the top food trends for 2022. “Better for you” foods and flavors can be found throughout these booming trends.

The spice is nice

Bring on the heat in 2022. People’s love for spices is skyrocketing, from interest in growing hot peppers at home to visiting new restaurants known for their spicy dishes. People search for new recipes such as those from India, Jamaica and Thailand and prepare them at home. Spicing up foods for flavor is a healthier alternative to salt and butter, and hot foods can boost your metabolism. This fashionable trend is therefore also healthy.

Powdered nut butters

Nut butter lovers rejoice – you can get satisfying protein and enjoy your favorite flavors without all of the fatty and unnecessary ingredients. PB2 Foods is the original creator of powdered peanut butter, now offering a variety of plant-based products such as almond and cocoa butter that are certified gluten-free, kosher, vegan and non-GMO verified. Some of their latest innovations are cashew powder and the PB2 pre + probiotic formula for digestive health.

Super premium beer

When it’s time to enjoy a cold one, more and more people are thinking more about what’s in their glass. Island Brands USA is an example of a brewing company that produces better beers, using only all-natural, non-GMO ingredients and no artificial fillers or flavors to create their beers. One of the brand’s own options is Island Active, a lightweight lager that’s just 88 calories and 4.2% alcohol by volume, so you can enjoy every sip without the guilt.

Reducing regimes

Many people prefer to eat less meat and animal products, but don’t want to go on a completely vegetarian or vegan diet. This is called a reducing diet: making an active choice to reduce the consumption of these types of foods. When reducers buy or consume meat or other animal products, they opt for better quality options, such as organic dairy and grass-fed meats. Interested in getting started? Adopt a few days a week to avoid meat and try new and interesting recipes, like those that contain mushrooms, beans or eggplant instead of meat.

Alternative snacks

You crave the crunch of your favorite chips and salty snacks, but you know you might be making a healthier decision. HA! Snacks are your answer. Representing a healthier alternative, these snacks are non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan, with lots of flavor and nutrition. Choose from churro loco, cheddar cheese, spicy chili and lime, barbecue sauce and sour cream and onion.

This article was originally published by Brandpoint. It is republished here with permission.

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Make your kids happy in the morning with these healthy breakfast foods https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/make-your-kids-happy-in-the-morning-with-these-healthy-breakfast-foods/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:06:00 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/make-your-kids-happy-in-the-morning-with-these-healthy-breakfast-foods/ New Delhi: Breakfast is the most crucial meal of the day, and starting your day without one is like trying to fly a kite without wind. A nutritious breakfast is essential for children not only to start the day right, but also to recharge their batteries after sleep, as their brains and bodies are still […]]]>

New Delhi: Breakfast is the most crucial meal of the day, and starting your day without one is like trying to fly a kite without wind. A nutritious breakfast is essential for children not only to start the day right, but also to recharge their batteries after sleep, as their brains and bodies are still developing.

The most difficult task for parents is to ensure that their children eat a nutritious breakfast. About 20 to 30 percent of young people skip meals, which is why a breakfast for them should be quick, easy, filling and, most importantly, delicious.

Aditya Bagri, Manager of Bagrry’s, shares delicious and healthy breakfast options for your kids:

Wheat bran pancakes

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Pancakes and waffles are the breakfast of champions (when it comes to fixing our taste buds), but it doesn’t have to be all unhealthy. Wheat bran, along with atta and oats, is a great substitute for maida. Just change the grain and add a lot more fiber and protein to your child’s breakfast. You can also sweeten the dough with honey, jaggery, and bananas instead of sugar, as well as a little cocoa powder.

Quinoa Upma

Like a vegetarian breakfast, why not add quinoa instead of suji to your children’s Upma? It contains much more protein and fiber as well as omega 3 fatty acids.

Peanut Butter & Whole Grain Toast

A simple combo of peanut butter and toast is great for kids. Make sure to use real whole grain toast and unsweetened peanut butter, topped with a few bananas for extra sweetness. You can even sprinkle with honey or chia seeds for extra crunch.

Oat Idli

Idli are an all-time breakfast favorite – why not replace the white rice base with oats with dal, adding more fiber, more protein, and better energy.

Chocolate muesli

Chocolate cereals are often loaded with sugar. For older kids, muesli is a much better choice, loaded with whole grains, nuts, berries, and a lot less sugar. It gives energy for the whole day and does not require any preparation time.

Banana and berry smoothie

If parents are short on time to prepare breakfast, portable breakfasts for eating on the go are a great option. The easiest sugar-free takeout for kids is a simple mix of bananas, berries, oats, and a drizzle of milk. Just mix it all up and it has the fuel you need to start your day.

Night oats

These are easy to prepare and healthy. Prepare them in mason jars the night before and let your child personalize this dish with their favorite toppings. You should mix about 1/4 cup (26 grams) of oatmeal and 1/2 cup (120ml) of milk of your choice in a small mason jar. Garnish with nuts, grated coconut, chia seeds and dried or fresh fruit. Instead of cooking them, leave the jar in the refrigerator and let the oatmeal soften overnight.

Pumpkin-quinoa porridge:

Quinoa is a quick-cooking, gluten-free cereal, and this breakfast porridge is packed with vitamin A. Boil one part quinoa with two parts milk of any type and cook for 10 minutes. over medium-low heat. Stir in a little pumpkin, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and simmer. Garnish with brown sugar, chopped nuts or grated coconut before serving.

Berry yogurt parfaits

Layer protein-rich Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a pinch of granola for an easy, on-the-go meal.


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Sweet and savory dishes for playtime https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/sweet-and-savory-dishes-for-playtime/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/sweet-and-savory-dishes-for-playtime/ GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The Michigan State Spartans take on the Pitt Panthers at the Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl on December 30 at 7 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga. Governor Whitmer also announced Thursday morning that December 30 has been declared a Spartan day in anticipation of the big game! “I encourage every Michigander to support the […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The Michigan State Spartans take on the Pitt Panthers at the Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl on December 30 at 7 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga.

Governor Whitmer also announced Thursday morning that December 30 has been declared a Spartan day in anticipation of the big game!

“I encourage every Michigander to support the Spartans as they face the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Peach Bowl,” Governor Whitmer said. “The Spartan teams are never beaten, and under coach Mel Tucker this year we have had a season that defies expectations like no other. Go Green and Tuck Comin! ‘”

And what better way to celebrate game day with delicious snacks!

Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has some great ideas that will make the event a celebration when it comes to the food you serve.

She has imagined perfectly themed delicacies that will delight even the most demanding palates!

Start with chicken and waffle skewers cooked in the air fryer (with special pickle brine!) – and add a little peach to stick to the theme. So for dessert, nothing could be simpler than a crispy chocolate football dessert! Full recipes are below!

Chicken And Waffle Skewers

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup of pickle juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. Granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • spray oil

For the waffles:

  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • vs. kosher salt
  • vs. baking soda
  • vs. baking powder
  • 2 cups low-fat cultured buttermilk
  • ¼ cup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract

Topping – Peach, cut into cubes

Instructions

For the chicken:

  • Place chicken pieces and pickle juice in a plastic bag or container for marinating. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Put aside.
  • Take the chicken pieces out of the refrigerator. Grease the Air Fryer basket with a little oil.
  • Coat the chicken pieces in the egg mixture, then coat them in the flour mixture, then shake off the excess flour and place it in the basket. Repeat until the bottom of the air fryer basket is full. Make sure none of the pieces overlap or touch each other.
  • Close the air fryer basket and cook at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through at 6 minutes. Spray the flour stains when you turn over with oil.
  • After 12 minutes, increase the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

For the waffles:

  • Set the waffle iron to medium temperature.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, powdered sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add the buttermilk, melted butter, egg whites and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  • Close the lid and cook until the waffle is golden brown and still steaming. Follow the directions for your waffle iron.
  • Continue to make waffles until the dough is complete.

To serve:

  1. Cut each square of waffle into quarters.
  2. Thread a piece of waffle, chicken and a peach cube to serve on a toothpick
  3. Serve immediately with a side of maple syrup or drizzle the syrup over the chicken waffle and peach.
  4. Enjoy!

Crispy Chocolate Football Dessert

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp. salted butter
  • 6 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups chocolate krisp rice cereal or cocoa krispies
  • 1 cup of white chocolate wafers

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the marshmallows. Cook the mixture until the marshmallows are completely melted.
  • Stir in cocoa krispies until well combined.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray your hands with cooking spray.
  • Pour about 2 tablespoons of the krispie rice mixture into the palm of your hand and shape it into a soccer ball. Place on the baking sheet to cool.
  • Repeat with the rest of the krispie rice mixture, spraying your hands with cooking spray as needed to avoid sticking.
  • Let the balloons cool to room temperature.
  • Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl 30 seconds apart in the microwave. Transfer the melted chocolate to a zipped bag and cut off a corner of the bag.
  • Thread the laces over the soccer balls and let cool until they harden. Store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours or serve immediately.


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Gourmet of the Lakes Region – Tres Leches Eggnog Cake with Dark Rum | Lake style https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/gourmet-of-the-lakes-region-tres-leches-eggnog-cake-with-dark-rum-lake-style/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 16:24:00 +0000 https://nestleeuropeanchocolate.com/gourmet-of-the-lakes-region-tres-leches-eggnog-cake-with-dark-rum-lake-style/ In the spring of 2000, I left the Boston Museum of Fines Arts to take over food and beverage operations at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after I arrived we started planning the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration for the staff. Our Hispanic cooks taught me how to make this wonderful cake. […]]]>

In the spring of 2000, I left the Boston Museum of Fines Arts to take over food and beverage operations at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after I arrived we started planning the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration for the staff. Our Hispanic cooks taught me how to make this wonderful cake. Since this is a single layer cake, it has fewer steps and this variation is a perfect New Years Eve dessert.

What is important with this style of cake is to make sure that the cake is moistened with the eggnog or the traditional three milks. This is one of the reasons the cake is refrigerated for at least two hours. The cake does not contain oil or butter, so it can absorb more liquid. This is an easy recipe to make because it is a single layer of cake that you don’t have to remove from the pan. Also, instead of making eggnog, you can buy a liter of your favorite brand in the market.

The sponge cake is very similar to a chiffon cake in that you separate the eggs and make two separate mixes that you optionally fold together. However, it does not contain the oil or melted butter of a chiffon cake. This recipe calls for stiff peaks. Many recipes will call for steep peaks, which I think is a big mistake. Stiff peaks collapse when bent, while stiff peaks do not because they are still somewhat fluid. Instead of spreading the whipped cream on top, consider spreading the cream using a large dough base and a large solid tip.

Since the cake is saturated with eggnog, you don’t have to worry about overcooking the cake. For a chocolate cake, you can substitute 1/2 cup of flour with unsweetened cocoa powder. Sift the cocoa with the rest of the flour until blended. Another variation is to replace the eggnog with hot, just cooked lemon curd poured over the top of the cake.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup of sugar, plus 3 tbsp

2-4 tablespoons dark rum to taste

2 teaspoons of powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Lightly butter a 9×13 mold and sprinkle with flour. Pat the excess flour and set aside.

Separate the egg whites and yolks using two different mixing bowls.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Stir until well blended.

In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks and 1 cup of the sugar. Beat until frothy and pale yellow. Add 1/2 cup of milk and mix until well blended. Gently stir in flour mixture until incorporated. Put aside.

In another large bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Then add 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to mix until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold the batter into the egg yolks into the whites until combined.

Pour the dough into the prepared pan and roll out the upper level. Bake until cake is golden and elastic at the top center to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Take the cake out of the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Using a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake. Slowly pour eggnog over top and sides of cake to absorb. A little eggnog may remain on the side of the cake, but it will be completely absorbed during refrigeration.

Cover the cake pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.

Whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Spread or evenly distribute the whipped cream over the cake. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sieve evenly on top.

Cake is ready to serve or covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.


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