10 Most Effective Fat Burning Foods

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Feb 152016

Chocolate to burn fat? This sweet treat isn’t the only surprise standout. Below are actually some foods you can eat that spike your metabolism to help you lose weight. These super-foods help narrow your waist and keep your calorie count down.

10 Most Effective Fat Burning Foods



Jan 232016

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix

Alton Brown's Hot Cocoa Mix

Instant cocoa is a fine concept, but most commercial mixes aren’t exactly packed with quality ingredients or flavor. My signature instant cocoa blend will fortify you through winter’s worst. My homemade marshmallows go pretty good with this mix too. Just sayin’.


  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
  • 2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch (or more to taste) ground cayenne pepper*, optional
  • Hot milk or water to serve


  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, cornstarch and cayenne in a large airtight container. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine, and remember to shake prior to every extraction.
  2. To serve: Place 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug and add about 2 fluid ounces hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Fill the mug with more hot water or milk and enjoy.


* The Aztecs always added chiles to their chocolate. Even a pinch ups the flavor ante quite a bit, and as called for here certainly won’t be sensed as “heat.”

No matter — this is fast, easy and will keep for a year if kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

By Good Eats: The Early Years, © Alton Brown Images 2016

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Why Is Chocolate Bad For Dogs?

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Jan 212016

Why Is Chocolate Bad For Dogs
An excellent explanation on why chocolate is so harmful to dogs.

You may have heard that chocolate is high on the list of things that dogs should not be eating, but have you ever wondered why? One molecule, Theobromine, is the central culprit to chocolate’s toxicity to dogs. Today we’re taking a closer look at the stuff, how much is too much, and also give you little advice if you catch little sparky sitting in a pile of chocolate wrappers on your kitchen floor.


49 Chocolate Treats Trom Around The World

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Jan 062016

Cocoa Caravan: 49 Chocolate Treats from Around the World -Avasflowers.net - Infographic

Flowers and chocolate are a wonderful and classic way to brighten that special someone’s day. This is a global phenomenon – civilizations from across the world love to indulge in the rich, versatile flavor of cocoa. Together, they weave a deep, storied tapestry of culture to explore. From the ingredients to the preparation, each chocolate treat speaks to the history, geology, and tastes of the people. So book a luxury adventure on the Cocoa Caravan and imagine the taste and texture of each one of these chocolate delights. How many have you tried?



Foods The Oldest People In The World Swear By

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Dec 192015

Foods The Oldest People In The World Swear By

Live long and prosper… thanks to bacon!

This morning, we read that the oldest woman in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones, age 116, eats four strips of bacon every morning. This, coupled with a June report that supercentenarian Agnes Fenton, age 110, credits her age to three bottles of Miller Light everyday made us realize thatwe might consider changing some things up. Maybe we should be eating less kale and quinoa and more whiskey and ice cream.

Here is what to eat and drink for longevity, according to the oldest people in the world:

Four strips of bacon every morning, and Doublemint gum throughout the day — Suannah Mushatt Jones, Age 116

Three bottles of Miller High Life and a shot of Johnnie Walker whiskey everyday — Agnes Fenton, Age 110

One tablespoon of whiskey in morning coffee — Richard Overton, Age 108

Crispy bacon, fried chicken, and ice cream — Gertrude Baines, Age 115

Three raw eggs every morning — Emma Morano, Age 115 (who added that staying single is good for one’s health)

Chewing on chocolate — Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, Age 127—the oldest person to ever live (she also swears by never marrying)



Excuses To Eat Chocolate

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May 242015

Excuses To Eat Chocolate
Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off your appetite, and you’ll eat less.

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can’t let that happen, can you?