In the photo above, you have a photo of two of our favorite things…chocolate and wine. I’m not going to talk about the wine for now; that’s for another posting. Today’s posting will be focused on chocolate (just the sound of that makes my mouth water).
Last weekend, while in Phoenix, Joseph surprised me by taking me to the Botanical Garden. I love the outdoors, and looking at plants and flowers are one of my favorite pastimes. It was really nice to view the variety of indigenous plants and flowering beauties that Phoenix had to offer, but we were also fortunate to enjoy the Chocolate and Chili Pepper festival that was being held at the Botanical Garden. There was live jazz music, free food, and yes…CHOCOLATE! There were mounds and mounds of chocolate there, but we tasted only one delicious brand…Wei Joyful.
This chocolate is really good, and it’s made with organic ingredients, vegan, gluten-free, and made with ethically traded cocoa. Joseph and I were told to pick a flower that we liked, and that determined which type of chocolate fits our personality. I think that was true because I like the one I tasted, which was the Mocha-Infused Dark Chocolate (for wisdom and vitality), and Joseph liked the one he tasted, which was the Citrus-Infused Dark Chocolate (for joyful clarity). Since I’m trying to stick to a healthier diet, I’m diverting away from milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is highly processed, and by the time you eat it, all of the vital antioxidants that chocolate has to offer are gone. Dark chocolate is the way to go.
The pieces are pretty big, so you will be satisfied with just one:
And the ingredients are (Mocha-Infused Dark Chocolate): Organic 68% dark chocolate (organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla), Italian espresso, eleuthero root extract, schisandra extract, and Lotus Wei flower essences. So as you can see, there aren’t any hidden chemicals/ingredients, and you can pronounce everything (which could also easily be looked up). Additionally, via the August 27th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association and the National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, Italy, the benefits of dark chocolate include lowering blood pressure and acting as a potent antioxidant. Via Mauro Serafini, PhD:
“Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate … and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate.”
I highly suggest trying this chocolate if you’re a chocolate fan, and you find them at Facebook and Wei of Chocolate.