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15 Easy and Mind-Blowingly Sweet Chocolate Recipes You’re Looking For

15 Easy and Mind-Blowingly Sweet Chocolate Recipes You’re Looking For

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.” 
– Sandra Boynton

Like author Sandra Boynton, I firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between tragedy and a lack of chocolate. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t live without it. However, because I try and live a relatively healthy lifestyle, I make sure that my chocolate intake is limited to the truly spectacular. I’m not wasting calories on mediocrity! With that in mind, here are some of the amazing chocolate recipes on the internet that you have to try immediately.

1. Coffee and Kahlua Brownie Bites

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    Brownies are probably my favorite chocolatey treat, so adding both coffee and kahlua absolutely blows my mind. Also, being bite sized means I can justify having eight in one sitting…right?

    2. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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      Whichever genius decided to mix chocolate with peanut butter has my eternal gratitude.

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      3. Buttered Popcorn Chocolate Chip Cookies


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        I can’t believe that this is actually a thing. I no longer have to make a hard choice when it comes to snack food at the movies! This is definitely one for you sweet-mixed-with-savory fans.

        4. Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs


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          Here’s one to keep in mind for April.

          Why waste your time on stale, bargain basement Easter eggs when you can have ones filled with freakin’ cheesecake? I think that even the good Lord would agree that this recipe is more miraculous than Christ’s rising.

          5. Chocolate Mousse Tart with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

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            This bad boy is the ultimate triple threat. Mousse + cookies + tart! This needs to get in my belly immediately.

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            6. Chocolate Donuts


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              Channel your inner Homer Simpsons by indulging in these delectable donuts. They’re not just heavenly, they’re…holey. Yeah, that just happened.

              7. Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

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                They may not be Bluth’s Frozen Bananas, but they’re still pretty damn good. They’re the perfect summertime time treat, especially for myself and all fellow Aussies who are boiling their butts off at the moment.

                8. Best Cocoa Brownies

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                  Yeah, another brownie recipe. I told you that they’re my favourite. This is absolutely the best brownie recipe that I’ve encountered. It’s also incredibly versatile, so don’t be afraid to stir in a swirl of peanut butter or add some peppermint chips if you like those kinds of things.

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                  9. Chocolate Fondue

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                    It’s fun to say and fun to do!

                    10. Chianti Chocolate Cupcakes


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                      Don’t worry, the recipe doesn’t insist on fava beans or cannibalism.

                      There’s a reason why red wine and chocolate are often paired together. Despite the large portion of these recipes that call for booze, the answer isn’t ‘alcoholism.’ The two are simply divine together. So why not take it one step further by mixing them together?

                      11. Parisian Hot Chocolate

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                        Simple and sinful, which naturally makes it the best combination for a cold winter day.

                        12. 30 Minute Chocolate Croissants


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                          Bringing a little Paris to your kitchen has never been so simple…or delicious!

                          13. Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Cupcakes


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                            I just can’t seem to get away from the salty and sweet mixture, and I’m okay with that. For those who have experienced chocolate coated pretzels, or at least want to, these are the cupcakes for you.

                            14. Blue Velvet Cupcakes


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                              Move over, red velvet, there’s a new colour in town and it’s ready to rock your tastebuds.

                              15. Chocolate Soup


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                                Yeah, you read that correctly. Chocolate soup has officially landed, and I for one am embarrassingly excited about it. I also appreciate that the primary ingredients are made from Lindt, which is the king of chocolate. Not only are their products delicious, the company is responsible for the invention of ‘conching‘, a process that has made modern chocolate what it is today.

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                                Last Updated on October 14, 2019

                                10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                                10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                                When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

                                1. Stand More

                                Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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                                2. Gamify Your Life

                                Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

                                3. Eat Your Veggies

                                Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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                                4. Eat Protein

                                This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

                                5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

                                Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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                                6. Spice Up Your Meals

                                Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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                                  7. Drink Caffeine

                                  No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

                                  8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

                                  I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

                                  9. Do Intermittent Fasting

                                  It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

                                  10. Use Cold Exposure

                                  For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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