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Cake For Breakfast?

Not only can you eat cake for breakfast, doing so may actually help you keep weight off, a new study suggests. In the study, obese participants who ate a breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates that included a dessert were better able to stick to their diet and keep the pounds off longer than participants who ate a low-carb, low-calorie breakfast that did not include sweets. Carbs and protein eaten at breakfast may keep us full throughout the day, plus allowing ourselves some sweets helps to stem cravings for these foods, said study researcher Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, of Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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Benefits Of Chocolate

1. Chocolate Improves Cognitive Performance

Eating chocolate on a regular basis can lead to better cognitive function — including brain activities that lead to gaining knowledge such as reasoning, memory, attention and language. A report in the Appetite journal noted that chocolate consumption was associated with cognitive performance regardless of other dietary habits.

2. It’s Good for the Heart

Dark chocolate helps restore the flexibility of arteries as well as preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. In a study published in the Faseb journal, scientists recognized that eating dark chocolate is good for the heart and it can play a good part in battling atherosclerosis, a disease associated with plaque buildups inside the arteries.

3. Reduces Chances of Stroke

Eating a small amount of chocolate each day could prevent diabetes and insulin resistance. Daily chocolate consumption was also linked to a lower risk of stroke, reported in the British Journal of Nutrition last year.

4. Reduces Memory Decline

Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help stop memory decline and keep the brain healthy. A Harvard Medical School study discovered that hot chocolate helped improve blood flow to essential parts of the brain. Different areas of the brain require more energy to complete their tasks, and they also need greater blood flow. This relationship (neurovascular coupling) may also play an important role in fighting diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

5. Mineral Abundance

Dark chocolate is loaded with a healthy collection of beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate (70 percent or more) provides 67 percent of the RDA of iron, an important component of hemoglobin, which helps red blood cells carry oxygen from lungs throughout the body.

6. See You Later, Bad Cholesterol

It’s been observed that eating cocoa can reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), thus lowering the possibility of suffering from cardiovascular disease again. In a study by Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University, 25 healthy Japanese men with normal or mildly high cholesterol levels were assigned to drink cocoa with sugar for 12 weeks. As a result, they experienced a 24 percent rise in their good cholesterol levels. The cocoa they drank wasn’t your typical store-bought kind. The researchers bought, roasted, cracked and ground the cacao beans in their lab!

7. Healthy Skin, Too!

It used to be a common misconception that chocolate was the cause of skin acne breakouts. But that myth has been debunked. Today’s science has shown that dark chocolate is a great source of flavonols — a group of plant metabolites that have excellent antioxidant effects. These flavonols can fight against skin damage. Flavonoids also fight free radicals (molecules that have lost an electron and attack DNA, enzymes and proteins or cell membranes) in the bloodstream. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can skip wearing sunscreen if you eat dark chocolate.

8. Less Stress for Moms

According to a recent Finnish study, eating chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers. Even more fascinating, the babies of these chocolate-eating moms smiled more than those of non-chocolate-eating parents!

9. Science Says Chocolate Helps You Feel Better

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

By the way, make sure to stick to organic brands and avoid chocolate from companies like Hershey’s and Nestle, as their chocolate is not as pure as other sources. Also, don’t forget that chocolate does have a high-calorie count and can contain large amounts of sugar. Moderation is key, even when it comes to chocolate.


Types of Wedding Cakes

Traditional Wedding cakes

Whether it’s a smaller cake for an intimate reception or a multi-tier masterpiece, we’ve got you covered to make the cake that you desire. We blend the best of our traditional designs with your unique style to deliver a timeless creation that will have your guests talking for years.

Contemporary wedding Cakes

If you’re looking for something a little out of the norm, our bakers and designers help you bring your creativity to life. From superheros to vampires, we’re sure to have a design that will perfectly compliment your unique taste!

Custom Wedding cakes

Whether he’s into gaming, computers, fishing, sports, or other knacks, we can help create and deliver the perfect groom’s cake for your special day. Adding a groom’s cake to your wedding is a great way to provide a touch of your personality within your elegant reception setting.

How Chocolate Affects The Brain

We love chocolate not just because of the way it tastes. We love it because of the way it makes us feel. It’s rare that something so downright delicious is also good for you, but chocolate is an exception to the rule.

Eating chocolate can make you happy

Dark chocolate boost’ the production of “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins bind with opiate receptors in the brain leading to feelings of euphoria, like the kind joggers get from “runner’s high.” They also reduce pain and diminish the negative effects of stress.

chocolate improves blood flow to the brain

Compounds in dark chocolate boost memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. The flavonoids in chocolate have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain in young and old alike.

 chocolate improves learning, memory, and focus

Cocoa’s flavonoids penetrate and accumulate in the brain regions involved in learning and memory, especially the hippocampus. Chocolate contains flavonoids which improve standardized cognitive test scores. Chocolate also contains some caffeine, a known brain booster that in low doses improves memory, mood, and concentration.

chocolate can help relieve stress

Magnesium is so good at helping you relax that it’s been dubbed the “original chill pill.” This essential mineral reduces stress by suppressing the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Magnesium is largely missing from our diets but chocolate contains a substantial amount of it.


Origin Of The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is an anthropomorphic, egg-laying rabbit who sneaks into homes the night before Easter to deliver baskets full of colored eggs, toys and chocolate.

If you go way back, though, the Easter Bunny starts to make a little sense. Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. Plants return to life after winter dormancy and many animals mate and procreate. Many cultures held spring festivals to celebrate this renewal of life and promote fertility. One of these festivals was in honor of Eostre or Eastre, the goddess of dawn, spring and fertility near and dear to the hearts of the pagans in Northern Europe. Eostre was closely linked to the hare and the egg, both symbols of fertility.

As knowledge spread, it was common for missionaries to practice some good salesmanship by placing these ideas and rituals within the context of the faith and turning festivals into custom holidays (e.g. Easter).

The people hung on to the rabbit and eventually, it became a part of a celebration. We don’t know exactly when, but it’s first mentioned in European writings from the 1600s. The Europeans converted the rabbit image into Oschter Haws, a rabbit that was believed to lay a nest of colored eggs as gifts for good children. (A poll of my Twitter followers reveals that 81% of the people who replied believe the Easter Bunny to be male, based mostly on depictions where it’s wearing a bowtie. The male pregnancy and egg-laying mammal aspects are either side effects of trying to lump the rabbit and egg symbols together, or rabbits were just more awesome back then.)

Oschter Haws came to America with Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in the 1700s, and evolved into the Easter Bunny as it became entrenched in American culture. Over time the bunny started bringing chocolate and toys in addition to eggs (the chocolate rabbit began with the Europeans, too, when they started making Oschter Haws pastries in the 1800s).