One of my best memories of childhood involves waking up to the smell of breakfast on my aunt Nellie's long kitchen table and hot cocoa warming on the stove. Mmmm...homemade warm cocoa made the old-fashioned way with Hershey Cocoa powder. Even on the hottest of summer days, I loved waking up to a pot of hot cocoa on the stove. Aunt Nellie also raised a slew of valedictorians. All five of her children graduated college with honors. Maybe Aunt Nellie knew something that we didn't! Maybe everyone should include hot cocoa in their morning routines.
As it turns out, cocoa is packed with enough flavonols to boost brain power! According to studies conducted by the Mars Company, who produces mouth-watering goodies such as M&M's and Dove bars, cocoa flavanols are packed with many great health benefits. Aside from preventing dementia, heart-attacks and strokes, cocoa can help people with cognitive impairments to improve reaction time and visual working memory. I'm willing to try it as a supplement to my ADHD diet!
Dark chocolate packs more antioxidants than wine and green tea. It also contains more flavonoids than any other type of chocolate. Experts recommend consuming chocolate made from at least 70% cocoa, not dutch cocoa which doesn't have as many antioxidants, to reap the most benefits. Luckily for Nashvillians, "America's Best Chocolate", as voted by Southern Living Magazine, is made right here in our hometown at Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. Drop into Bongo Java for a delicious frozen banana treat dipped in Olive and Sinclair dark chocolate...or grab a bar on your next family outing to the Adventure Science Center or date night at Belcourt Theatre.
Start your kids' day with some hot cocoa and send them off to school ready to focus and learn! Check out this recipe for Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Cocoa ...my personal favorite. What's your favorite hot cocoa recipe?