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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 March 25, 2020

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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