Millions of people are planning on buying, giving and eating chocolate in celebration of love on Valentine’s Day. This time of year means big sales for chocolate companies. If you are interested in buying chocolate that supports fair labor standards, as well as those that do not harm the environment or your body, make sure you are well educated as to where your chocolate comes from and how it was harvested.
Of the many types and varieties of chocolate on the market, not all adhere to certifiable fair trade standards, which means there is little concern about the environment or the people who work hard to bring your sweet treat to a store near you. Those that do however will display the words Fair Trade on their labeling, making it easy for the consumer to be aware that they have kept up with the requirements necessary to be certified fair trade.
One notable chocolate manufacturing company that does not flaunt a fair trade certification, however surpassed fair trade standards and brought their harvesting and processing techniques to a remarkably high level of ideals. Kallari, the only line of world-class, certified organic dark chocolate is operated by an indigenous cooperative of organic cocoa growers who gain 100% of the profits for which they work so hard.
Valentine’s Day is here and for the nearly 26 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, finding a diabetes-friendly Valentine’s Day treat can be a challenge. If you or a loved one has diabetes, you might have assumed you’d have to forgo dessert this Valentine’s Day. While there are plenty of low-and no-sugar dessert options out there, it can be difficult to find replicas of your traditional favorite recipes for holidays.
The good news is that diabetes-friendly menu items can be delicious– they’re just generally lower in sodium, carbohydrates, saturated fat and cholesterol, and higher in fiber compared with other dishes. Of course, everyone, regardless of whether or not they have diabetes, should watch portion sizes and stick to one serving – even if it is a special holiday.
Maybe you don’t love to exercise, but with the Valentine’s Day holiday just around the corner, love for someone else just might be on your mind. With chocolates and a romantic dinner on the horizon, why not consider a brisk stroll with your husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend?
While popular music usually highlights unrequited love, I’ve done my best to put together a list of songs that straddle the line of heartfelt emotions while still not going so far into the gushy sentiment that it’s not inspiring enough to work out to.
Gym Music Playlist of the Week: Valentine’s Day Workout Mix
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1. Golden Earring – Radar Love
When she gets lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable coming in from above
We don’t need no phone at all
We’ve got a thing that’s called radar love
We’ve got a wave in the air, radar love (more…)
Valentine’s day is around the corner, there are plenty of reminders of how women “should” look in lingerie–thin, busty, and flat-stomached. You don’t need me to tell you most of us don’t look like models, but this fact doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy feeling hot in a sexy bra and a cute pair of panties. Everyone deserves to feel great in their underwear, so here are a few tips to help you get there.
Fit Fit Fit
Invest some real time shopping for a bra. It can be tiresome, embarrassing, and draining, but the pay-off will be huge. Having the right bra makes a big impact on your figure. I’ll even go out on a limb and say it’s the most important garment to invest in. So even if you plan on losing weight, spend a little extra on something high quality. It’s best to go to a department store with a big selection and get a professional measurement. Keep in mind that cup sizes aren’t standard, and can vary from brand to brand. Be sure to bring along several different tops and try them all on over any bra you’re considering buying.
Many women buy bras that are too big, because they perceive these as more comfortable. Don’t fall into this trap, a bra shouldn’t shift around on your body. Having lingerie that fits right will go a long way towards making you feel more confident.
Flowers have always been a popular Valentine’s Day gift but did you know that sometimes you can eat them, too? Edible flowers are at the forefront of designer cocktail trends and some even play a role in delicious desserts.
Edible flowers transform an ordinary glass of bubbly into an enchanting cocktail and can make the simplest piece of low-fat cheesecake look like something from a four-star restaurant.
Wild Hibiscus: With a slightly acidic taste, hibiscus flowers make a big impact. Just drop this edible hibiscus flower into a glass of your favorite sparkling wine and watch the bubbles “bloom” the flower before your eyes. Ease into culinary flowers with Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup, an all-natural product preserved in a syrup of cane sugar and spring water with a flavor reminiscent of raspberry and rhubarb. It’s crimson color is ideal for Valentine’s Day.