Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Sweet Treats 

Mary Lavanway is a dietician with Hannaford. In this segment she shares a recipe for No-Bake Brownies.No-Bake BrowniesServings: 12 • Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 1 hour freezer time)Brownie Ingredients:1 cup walnuts1 cup dates1/4 cup cocoa powderIcing Ingredients:2 ripe avocados1/2 cup agave nectar1/4 cup cocoa powder2 tablespoons coconut oil1 tablespoon McCormick® Vanilla ExtractDash saltDash McCormick® CinnamonDirections:1. Food-process the brownie ingredients until blended, dry and chunky. Press into a small pan.2. Put all icing ingredients into a blender and blend on high till smooth.3. Spread icing over brownies and pop them in the freezer to set for 1 hour. Cut in 12 squares and put them insnack-sized resealable bags.For the Love of Chocolate, a gift for the heartMost people would agree that eating chocolate is one of life’s guilty pleasures. Luckily, current research shows that certain kinds of chocolate, eaten in moderation, can also be good for your heart!How to eat chocolate responsibly• moderation is key, chocolate is a high-calorie food• dark is best, look for 65% cocoa content or higher• remember that variety is the spice of life and fruits,veggies, tea, and red wine also contain heart-healthyflavonoids and antioxidantsBenefits of dark chocolate• contains antioxidants and flavonoids that have beenshown to decrease risk of heart disease by inhibitingblood clotting, to ensure regular blood flow to and fromthe heart• contains serotonin, which may act as an antidepressantMelt-away Chocolate Myths!Myth: Chocolate causes acne.That misconception has captured the attention of teens for years.However, hormonal changes during adolescence are the usualcauses of acne, not chocolate.Myth: Chocolate has a lot of caffeine.While it is true that chocolate does contain caffeine, the amountis very small. An 8 ounce carton of chocolate milk contains about5 milligrams of caffeine. In contrast, 5 ounces of regularly brewedcoffee contains 115 milligrams of caffeine.Myth: Some people are chocoholics.Not true – although some people do have a stronger preferencefor chocolate than others. Popping chocolate candies maybecome a high-calorie habit with a pleasurable sensation,but eating chocolate itself cannot become truly addictive.Source: American Dietetic Association