Friday, 15 June 2012

5 Reasons Why You Should Love Cake

Looking for easy (and yummy) ways to keep calm and enjoy your days at home a little more? Here are our
5 reasons why you should love cake and treat yourself to a piece regularly:

  1. Cakes are a great excuse for a break. Busy parents are often too preoccupied with their errands and everyday duties they forget to take time out to relax, keep calm and breathe deeply. It doesn’t have to be a weekend at the spa; if you concentrate on tuning out peace pollutants five minutes is just enough for a date with yourself and a piece of delicious cake. Pretend you are away from the noise and the clatter and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day.
  2. Cakes are perfect presents. Be it Father’s Day, your kid’s birthday or just a ‘get well’ occasion – there is a personalised gift cake you can order online to brighten up that event and put a smile on the face of the people you love. These days you can imprint cakes with photos and special messages, add a joke or a poem composed by yourself so the gift becomes more personal and thoughtful. The best companies offer discreet delivery as well as party packages featuring balloons, hats and horns to get that celebration started in style.
  3. Cakes contain chocolate and chocolate is good for you. The benefits of dark chocolate are becoming better known with every new research study. For example, chocolate was found to contain flavonoids rich in antioxidant properties that may fight stroke, especially in women. There is also some evidence that eating chocolate regularly prevents blood clots, therefore reducing the risk of heart attacks. Binging on chocolate during exams is linked to better academic performance (in one study participants did much better at counting backwards after drinking a cup of hot chocolate than those who counted without cocoa). Another amazing fact is that chocolate increases insulin sensitivity, in turn reducing the risk of diabetes. Chocolate may also be good for your skin, reduce the risk of cancer and help you live longer. Of course the benefits of chocolate can be best experienced if you choose the best quality dark chocolate and consume it regularly but in moderate amounts.
  4. Cakes bring friends together and are a perfect occasion for having tea in the comfort of your kitchen. Having a chat with friends is not just a chance to catch up on what’s going on but also an opportunity to strengthen your support system and feel secure in knowing you having loving people to rely on.
  5. Cakes are beloved kids’ treats. By making healthy cakes you can trick your kids into eating foods they aren’t generally that happy about. Jelly cakes which you can adorn with fruits such as peaches, fresh berries, raisins and bananas are a great option. Carrot cakes and pineapple upside-down cakes are all kid favourites while being really healthy.

So what are you waiting for? Pass the plate around!