5 Things That Are Actually GOOD for you
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5 Things That Are Actually GOOD for you

Feed your cravings with soul food that's good for your body too!

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5 Things That Are Actually GOOD for you
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Who knew that "eating bad" could actually be good? In trying to always be mindful of aiming to eat a well-balanced, healthy, diet, we forget that sometimes our favorite indulgences are actually GOOD for us!! We can have these things (in moderation) and don't even have to feel bad about it. Feed your cravings with soul food that's good for your body too. I know I was happy when I heard that I can have these 5 things completely stress-free:


1. Coffee

It boosts your mood!! Who doesn’t love being happy?! Coffee is found to elevate dopamine levels in one’s brain, always putting us in a FANTASTIC mood. It also lowers your risk of heart failure and helps you live longer. Just make sure you don't drink too much before bed-- that's a ton of caffeine!

2. Dark Chocolate

Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber and minerals-- so the more natural it is, the better it is for you. It contains Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and a few others too! They are also a great source of antioxidants. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries as well as cause small decreases in your blood pressure.

3. Red Wine

Not only does red wine lower your cholesterol, but also it protects your heart! Studies have shown that the antioxidants in red wine help keep blood vessels flexible and prevent unwanted clotting. It has been proven that those antioxidants are almost as effective as Aspirin! One 5- ounce glass a day can keep the doctor away!

4. Lemon


This tangy fruit is perfect for when you have a sore throat. Mixing lemon and a little honey could be the cure for your cold! It also is a stimulant for the metabolism, aiding in weight loss-- lemon is a great way to cleanse your digestive system. Drinking lemon water in the morning is the best way to kick your metabolism into gear bright and early!! It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for the skin-- especially in cases of poison ivy.

5. Basil


This is actually an herbal medicine used to deal with stress. Basil extract contains anti-aging properties that help with the effects of getting older-- no one likes wrinkles!! Add it to your salad because it is rich in antibacterial properties that can significantly reduce the number of harmful bacteria on your plate!


So, the next time you're craving some chocolate-- treat yo self! (to the good kind that is.) And, YES shamelessly sip that Cabernet as it increases your HDL levels fighting off bad cholesterol. Live a little and keep it healthy while your at it ;)

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