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15 Chocolate-Infused Dishes That No Chocoholic Should Miss

15 Chocolate-Infused Dishes That No Chocoholic Should Miss

Are you a chocoholic? Check out 15 of the best chocolate infused dishes online, from a mouthwatering roast beef with chocolate, rosemary, and wine to the unique chocolate pasta. If you have a sweet tooth, these sweet and savory dishes will be perfect for you.

1. Chocolate and Marmite Macaroons

Either you love Marmite or you hate it – and if you love it, this is the perfect dessert for you. The chocolate and Marmite mix creates a sweet, tangy taste that you can’t get enough of! Who knew Marmite and chocolate would compliment each other so well?

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    2. Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

    This snack is perfect for anyone who loves chocolate but wants to stay healthy. This delicious snack is made with dark chocolate and filled with fruit, seeds, and nuts, so it will satisfy your sweet cravings while giving you lots of energy!

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      3. Slow roasted pear chips with chocolate sauce

      These pear crisps make a decadent snack when teamed with a creamy, thick chocolate sauce. Perfect for gatherings and parties.

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        4. No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Tart

        This impressive looking dessert is perfect for a dinner party; it tastes great, it doesn’t need to go in the oven and you can prepare it in under 15 minutes. The Oreo base makes it ideal for children, too!

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          5. Chocolate Covered Banana and Peanut Butter Bites

          These frozen treats make a great cool-down snack for a hot summer’s day. With a frozen inside,they are both sweet, fruity and refreshing.

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            6. Chocolate and Balsamic Roasted Beets

            This may sound like a weird dish, but the balsamic vinegar compliments the sweet chocolate perfectly, making this the perfect dish for a cold winter’s day.

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              7. Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

              If you love mint, chocolate and fudge, look no further; this delicious dessert will be perfect for you. It makes a excellent snack too, and you can save the leftovers for later!

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                8. Chocolate Pasta

                This recipe is only for true chocoholics! You can easily make your own chocolate pasta at home and serve it with any sauce. The chocolate flavor is mild and it goes well with a creamy sauce.

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                  9. Chocolate Pancakes

                  This recipe is perfect to try with your children. The pancakes are moist and filled with flavor, so the toppings aren’t very important – some cream and strawberries would be enough! Alternatively, allow the pancakes to go cold and top them with hot fudge sauce.

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                    10. Nutella Croissants

                    These little Nutella croissants make the perfect mid-day snack. Make a large batch and your house will have enough delicious snacks for the week – and it only has three ingredients!

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                      11. Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Pork Chops

                      This unique dish is a great way to impress guests at a dinner event. The chilli and chocolate is tangy and sweet, perfectly complimenting the tender pork.

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                        12. Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

                        This scrumptious rich chocolate cupcake is topped with a creamy, orange butter cream and a dark chocolate orange slice – ideal for anyone who loves orange flavors.

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                          13. Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary, Chocolate and Wine Sauce

                          Even though this meal includes chocolate, it is not sweet. Instead the cocoa compliments the rosemary and garlic well, creating a tender mouthful that bursts with savoury flavors.

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                            14. Baileys Salted Caramel Mini Chocolate Tarts

                            Made with a tasty sweet shortcrust pastry and a layer of salted caramel, this dessert is topped with creamy Baileys and chocolate ganache, and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt to bring out the flavour.

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                              15. Moist Chocolate Mug Cake

                              Mug cake recipes are great – who doesn’t want a warm chocolate dessert that you can make in minutes? This recipe is the best we have found so far; the cake is moist and chocolatey, and never dry!

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                                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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