Take a Break

Go Ahead and Do the Chocolate Thing

Last updated: May 18, 2011

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Housebound or time-bound caregivers, especially, need to watch their weight. Dang. But that doesn't mean you have to cut out all sweets. Dark chocolate is an example of a sweet treat that's actually good for you. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which serve as protective antioxidants, and serotonin, which combats depression. Eating it also releases pleasure chemicals -- oh, yes -- that boost mood.

You can even make chocolate a daily thing. Have two one-ounce squares of the darkest type you enjoy that's 70 percent cocoa content or higher. The caloric impact is minimal, the enjoyment is high, and because of the concentrated taste, you don't need a whole bar to feel satisfied. (And then, you can do it again tomorrow!)

-- Paula Spencer Scott