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Say ‘B’ please to get Winter cheer instead of the Blues ~

Enjoying Winter Happily Together !

Enjoying Winter Happily Together !

Hi Everyone,

Know sometimes the chilly winter can make it a challenge to have
energy and holiday cheer. Well instead of just grabbing more turkey during this
Thanksgiving. Try this…..AND still enjoy that holiday cheer too !!

Keeping your spirits up through the winter may be as simple as popping a multivitamin. Just be sure yours contains B6 and B12.

Research has shown that these two nutrients in particular may help reduce the risk of blue moods. Who knew that popping a pill could help keep a smile on your face?

Some Kind of Synthesis
In a study tracking the health and lifestyle habits of more than 3,000 older adults for 7 years, researchers found that as people’s intake of B6 and B12 went up, their risk of depression took a more southerly turn. And with every 10-milligram increase in B6 and 10-microgram increase in B12 intake, risk for depression dropped another 2 percent. Researchers suspect that because B6 is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, it assists in production of mood-lifting serotonin. And B12 deficiencies have been linked to depression and increased cognitive decline in other research.

Which food can make you happier: an apple or some chocolate?

If you immediately said “Chocolate!” you’re right, but (there’s always a but) only if you really enjoy it. If a wave of fat-and-calorie guilt washes over you after the last bite, it negates the mood boost that chocolate provides. Sweet solution: Buy chocolate that has at least 70 percent cocoa. It’s high in cholesterol-fighting antioxidants, and the flavor is so intense that a little goes a long way.

Cocoa is derived from the seed of the cocoa tree and is an essential component in real chocolate. It’s rich in flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that boost cardiovascular health by relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow. Cocoa also has been found to fight LDL — the bad cholesterol that encourages plaque to build up and clog your arteries. So when you need a chocolate fix, nibble on dark chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher. And use it when you’re making chocolate recipes, such as this one.

Holiday Chocolate Apricots

Chocolate Apricot Delight

Chocolate Apricot Delight

1/3 cup sugar
2 strips lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
24 dried apricots (about ¼ pound)
2 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped peeled pistachios

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and place a wire rack on top.

2. Combine sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon stick, and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes. Add apricots and gently simmer just until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the apricots with a slotted spoon to a rack. Let cool completely.

3. Melt chocolate in a small metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Dip a poached apricot halfway into the chocolate, letting excess drip off. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios over the chocolate half and return the apricot to the rack. Repeat with the remaining apricots. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set, about 20 minutes.

B on the Brain
Although intake from both food and natural supplements was measured, either it seemed produced significant influence over mood in the study.

So enjoy the holidays Boundrylessly !!!

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