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Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse*
April 30, 2010, 11:23 pm
Filed under: Recipes
This guilt-free antioxidant rich dessert will satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your health!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons light chocolate soymilk
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules
1 oz sweet dark chocolate (German chocolate)
1 cup light chocolate soymilk
1 box (4-servings) chocolate instant pudding mix
2 cups frozen (thawed) fat-free whipped topping

Preparation: 15 minutes

1.  In 1 quart saucepan, stir together 2 tablespoons soymilk, the espresso powder and the sweet dark chocolate.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended.  Cool slighty.
2.  In medium bowl, beat 1 cup soymilk and pudding mix with electric mixer on medium speed or wire whisk 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture is well blended and thickened.
3.  Stir melted chocolate mixture into pudding mixture.  Fold in whipped topping.  Spoon into individual dessert dishes; serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.  Cover and refrigerate any remaining mousse. 

Makes 6 servings (½ cup each)

*This recipe was adapted from the Pillsbury Fast & Healthy Cookbook



Guilt-Free Chocolate?
April 29, 2010, 2:33 am
Filed under: Antioxidants

Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite foods, but can eating chocolate really be good for your health? I’m happy to confirm that this sweet treat has been proven to have beneficial effects on health. The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa, which contains compounds called flavonoids and polyphenols.  These compounds have been shown to have antioxidant effects in the body, assisting with the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

It is important to recognize that it is the cocoa in chocolate that contains antioxidants and not the other ingredients, such as milk, butter and sugar. So the higher the cocoa content, the more antioxidant benefits it will have. Dark chocolate has the most cocoa and milk chocolate has the least, while white chocolate has no cocoa at all.

If you’re hoping for health benefits from chocolate, make sure to look for dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa and only indulge in small amounts (1 oz or less per day). To maximize the antioxidant potential of your food, don’t forget to eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables!

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice. OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788
kristy@ocnutrition.com
www.ocnutrition.com



Is Soy the Answer to Your Knee Pain?
April 27, 2010, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Antioxidants

It was has been well known for some time that eating soy products can lower your risk for heart disease and cancer, but did you know that soy may also provide a variety of other benefits, including relief from knee pain?  In an Oklahoma State University research study, people with knee pain reported less discomfort and took fewer pain meds after eating soy protein every day for 3 months. This pain relief is thought to be due to the isoflavones (plant hormones with anti-inflammatory properties) found in soy.  If you have knee pain and you’re looking for a natural pain reliever, try incorporating a few servings of soy products each day.  A few popular soy products include soy milk, edamame (baby soy beans), soy nuts (roasted soy beans), and soy-based veggie burgers.

*Fruit and fish also contain anti-inflammatory nutrients and may provide relief from knee pain.*

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice. OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788
kristy@ocnutrition.com
www.ocnutrition.com