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Hot chocolate is one of my all time favorite drinks this season. I love the classic hot chocolate but every now and then, it’s good to go for a healthier recipe.

Did you know this sweet treat has health benefits? According to Cooking Light, clinical studies show that eating small amounts of chocolate (one piece a day―about 30 calories’ worth) lowered systolic blood pressure by 2.9 mm/Hg. That in turn may lower your risk of stroke or coronary heart disease.

So, if you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, choose dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa. I’ve been a big fan of dark chocolate ever since my mom got me hooked. If you’re a dark chocolate lover like myself or looking for a healthier alternative, try this fun Barcelona hot chocolate recipe!

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
  • 1/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • Cocoa powder (optional)

Preparation:

Step 1. Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts.

Step 2. Add milk and next 4 ingredients; cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently. Discard rind.

Step 4. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs.

Step 5. Spoon 1 tablespoon whipped topping over each serving.

Step 6. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

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Visitors to Chengdu will find there are a lot of teahouses scattered throughout the city. Drinking tea has become quintessential part of Chengdu people’s daily life. Because of this, Chengdu has formed a special tea culture all its own which attracts visitors from across China, and around the globe.For Chengdu locals, it is very important to have the proper atmosphere to enjoy their tea. For most people, the perfect place would be a teahouse. The most popular location for teahouses in Chengdu is along the south bridge of Dujiang Weir, where the scenery is wonderful and the weather is pleasant.

There is a kind of teapot that is unique to Chengdu. It is made of brass and has a spout that is approximately three feet long. The people in the teahouses that can use this style of teapot are called “Tea Doctors”. The use of these teapots is an art in itself. The Tea Doctors spin the teapots and it resembles traditional martial arts. Because of the long spouts, the tea can be shot a very long distance. The Tea Doctors can shoot the tea from across the room into a small teacup without spilling a drop. Visitors, who have the opportunity to witness this performance of pouring tea, will never forget it. This is something unique to Chengdu. The Tea Doctors besides being experts in the art of tea are also very familiar with the local culture and area and are the perfect source to find out about Chengdu’s local customs, and places to visit.

The design and layout of the teahouses vary according to the owner’s tastes. Some teahouse owners prefer a simple and rustic teahouse, while others design eahouses in an opulent style that even the ancient emperors of China would be comfortable in. No matter the style, the tea in each one is of the highest quality. Each Chengdu local has his or her favorite teahouses to visit, ones that they feel most comfortable in. Besides tea, teahouses in Chengdu also have various local snacks or entire meals on the menu. Since many of Chengdu’s locals spend many hours in the teahouses, food is a necessity.

One of the most unique parts of Chengdu’s teahouses is the community atmosphere. Everyone from infants to the elderly come to the teahouses to relax, do business, chat with friends, or just drink tea. Many elderly come to the teahouses early in the morning and do not leave until late at night. Normally when somebody decides to leave, they give what remaining snacks they have to the table. It is the perfect place to meet new friends. There are also people wandering the teahouses offering to clean out patron’s ears, or cut their fingernails. They wander through the crowds with handfuls of metal tools that they use. It may look a little scary, but it a wonderful experience.Chengdu has one of the few remaining bastions of true teahouse culture left in China. It is a wonderful experience for Locals, and visitors. It is something that should not be missed because the only way to truly understand it is to experience it.

Healthy Drink

Before and after exercise and hydration during exercise is very knowledgeable, and drink will help keep the body fluids of a balance, to ensure the health and safety fitness.When you’re on a treadmill bolted dozens of minutes or a hearty to play basketball, the water to quench their thirst and fatigue became a natural choice. In the wide variety of drinks, iced drinks and sweetened beverages, especially the young men. But many people have this experience: to drink a lot of water, but still does not quench thirst, and even drink more and thirst more, and some also appeared elevated body temperature, muscle cramps and other symptoms.

“In fact, before and after exercise and hydration during exercise is very knowledgeable, and drink will help keep the body fluids of a balance, to ensure the health and safety fitness.” State Sport General Administration of Sports Nutrition, Institute of Sports Medicine Research Center Party Son Long, the researchers said. World authority on the field of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine will exercise the principle of pay summarized as follows:

First, 2 hours before exercise drink about 500 ml of boiled water. “This is because hydration before exercise can improve the body’s thermal regulation, reduce the movement of the heart rate. 2 hours and pay in advance to give sufficient time for metabolism of the kidney, the body fluid balance and osmotic pressure adjusted to the optimum condition, have sufficient time to the excess water from the body. “Fangzi Long explained.Second, the movement process, if more than 1 hour, you should drink salt water, water with 0.11-0.15 grams of salt per liter, and temperature control in the 15-22 degrees Celsius. Fangzi Long said: “The movement of a large number of sweat, sweat contains a lot of ion composition, ion content at this time no drink boiled water, it will not achieve additional effects.

The salt water is able to replenish the loss of ions, to prevent hyponatremia disorders such discomfort. “He suggested that, to exercise, the best carry a mug, a good proportion to red light salt water, even if not thirsty, it’s best to drink every 20 minutes of exercise a bite or two, to balance the loss of body sweat, avoid dehydration caused damage to the human body.

The benefits of yogurt are numerous and here are a few things you should know when you have it.

  • The dish is rich in protein is and is preferred for sick people with a delicate digestion as its far more digestible as compared to milk and cream. Even people who are lactose intolerant can consume moderate amount of yogurt as its far easier to digest. Much of the lactose in the milk is also converted to lactic acid by the Lactobacillus thus adding to the ease of digestion.
  • The benefits of yogurt include a large amount of vitamins like vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 which contribute to better health and much better skin.
  • Lactobacillus in the milk-based yogurt helps to boost the human immune system. Eating larger amounts of yogurt can help your body make larger amount of gamma interferon which is responsible for a stronger body and immune system.
  • Yogurt also increases the absorption of calcium into the body. This is because the calcium is absorbed into the lactic acid matrix of yogurt increasing the absorption of calcium into the body.
  • The benefits of yogurt extend to external applications as well. One of the benefits of yogurt is that it can be applied on to skin and hair to make it smoother and shinier. The exact mechanism is unknown but it tends to make skin supple and healthy. Another process is using the benefits of yogurt as a douche. The vagina is filled with a large amount of beneficial bacteria. But frequent infections, use of antibiotics, can destroy the bacteria inside the body predisposing to urinary tract infections and even fungal infections. But local applications of the curdcan return the bacterial population to normal reducing the pain and itching of infections.