Chile peppers and dark chocolate are great heart-healthy sources of antioxidants! Try this gluten free recipe for you and your sweetheart:
1 Chili Pepper
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Coconut sugar
1/2 cup Dark chocolate
1 dash Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cups Milk (use almond milk if dairy-free)
Melt the chocolate with a little of the milk in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk in the remaining milk, the cinnamon, vanilla, and dash of salt. Add the chili pepper to the pot and bring the pot almost to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 10 mins. Remove and discard the chili pepper.
Whisk in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and taste until it is a sweetness you like. If you are using the brandy or Grand Marnier, add it to the pot
Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and serve!
Healthy Heart Tip
Choosing to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle are definitely a good place to start in improving heart health. Instead of investing in calorie-laden Valentine's chocolates this month- go red!
– The British Journal of Nutrition has found that capsaicin, the nutrient found in red chile peppers, increases the production of appetite suppressing hormones. Add diced red chile peppers to your scrambled eggs this morning to reduce your hunger between breakfast and lunch!
– Bring home some dark chocolate dipped strawberries! Strawberries are a potent plaque fighter and contain a mild bleaching agent, salicylic acid, that helps whiten teeth.
– Toss beats into your lunch to help increase exercise endurance by up to 16%. The Exeter University in England has found that beets seem to reduce the amount of oxygen the body uses during exercise.
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