Friday, December 18, 2015

Proof That Chocolate Makes You More Beautiful

Proof That Chocolate Makes You More Beautiful [because you needed more reasons to eat it?]Because You Needed More Reasons To Eat It?

That’s not just a catchy headline. Chocolate really does keep you gorgeous and youthful but there’s more you need to know for it to fully do it’s job. The truth is (that’s spreading fast) that Chocolate is loaded with a high amount of antioxidant rich nutrients necessary for healthy skin and hair and reduced stress levels.
However, these power nutrients are not found in cheap candy bars and the everyday mocha latte. They are found in the cacao content of the chocolate. You can find this on the bar of chocolate with benefits kicking in at 60% and higher. Some people prefer dark and others prefer milk. But as far as the benefits go, it depends on your digestion and taste preference.

Skin Protection: The cacao bean also contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthny and beautiful. With great sun protection properties, it has the power to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sensitive conditions like sunburns and skin cancer. Regular dark chocolate consumption also helps you achieve that sought after smooth, problem free glow, as it keeps your skin moist and well nourished.

Hair: Cacao is a great aid in promoting blood circulation in the scalp which leads to increased growth of healthy, lustrous locks, reducing hair loss. In addition to that, it's anti-inflammatory nature helps minimize the odds of getting scalp infections.  Infused with the goodness of several hair-benefiting ingredients, dark chocolate improves the overall health of your tresses, making them shiny, sleek and voluminous.

Exfoliation: Not just for eating, this magical bean can be used in combination with coffee beans for efficient exfoliating! It detoxifies and sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.

Here’s the caveat. Cacao is great for you but sugar and dehydration are not. So, there are many ways to get the health benefits of chocolate but you need to help your body be in a state to receive it.

Drink plenty of water. If you go for 2 liters a day, you should be good. Stay away from additional dehydrating foods like breads, crackers and coffee.

Of course, live your life! We are a bakery and understand that there are many occasions in life that call for sweets and sugary delights. Just find balance. And then the benefits will come through for you!

At Ontario Bakery we are always ready to make your life a little sweeter. Call us for your custom baked cake and other desserts today!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Most Delicious Pain Relief Remedy You’ve GOT to Try!

A Most Delicious Pain Relief Remedy You’ve GOT to Try!Ginger is one of the most delicious flavors of winter and we highly recommend enjoying it regularly in your baked goods and holiday treats. But did you know that ginger offers pain relief as well?

It’s true! And once you hear about the benefits, you’re going to want to buy them in bulk! (not to worry, fresh ginger root keeps well in your freezer). If you find yourself nauseous or with an upset stomach, mince up a small amount (about the size of your fingernail) and swallow it. You'll be amazed at the relief it provides.

The truth is, ginger is anti-inflammatory, which makes it a valuable tool for pain relief. In 2001, research showed that ginger oil helped reduce knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. There was a study done where women athletes taking three grams of ginger or cinnamon daily (that's less than one teaspoon) had a significant decrease in muscle soreness. Ginger has even been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in relieving pain from menstrual cramps in women.

The pain-relieving potential of ginger seems to be so far reaching and we are only just beginning to understand it.  Along with help for muscle and joint pain, ginger has been found to reduce the severity of migraine headaches as well as the migraine medication Sumatriptan – with fewer side effects.

Ontario Bakery loves sending food based inspiration your way especially when it works as a healing agent. And we don’t stop there! We specialize in custom baked goods like cakes, cake pops and other treats, for just about any occasion. So if it’s time for some holiday goods, be sure to call Ontario Bakery to get the job done well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Don't Miss These Tips for Stress Free Christmas Shopping

Don't Miss These Tips for Stress Free Christmas ShoppingHate the stress of holiday shopping? You’re not alone. If you’re like most of the shoppers out there you don’t need more stress and pressure added to your already busy schedule. Besides, isn’t holiday shopping supposed to represent peace, joy and togetherness?
Don’t let the shopping madness steal you of the season’s beauty. Instead, let us at Ontario Bakery, share our best tips to help you have a stress free holiday shopping experience.
Make. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but there’s something special about making something for someone. Whether it’s a craft, something of memorabilia or even baked goods, don’t underestimate the power of creating something special.
Online. Avoid the stores all together. Shop online for your family and friend’s wish list. Even better, make sure to sign up for the bonuses that include rebates and free shipping! Just make sure they have an honorable return policy.
Vouchers. Why not create or purchase coupons or vouchers? You can gift someone a series of neck rubs or foot rubs, babysitting, or dinner cooking! You can also purchase gift cards online and organize them in a sweet way as you present them!
Mornings. If you do choose to go shopping, go early in the morning when the stores open and not on the weekends. Efficient shopping and less stress.  Easy, right?
Remember. This is a season of togetherness. It’s really not about getting the most expensive gift or the most gifts. It’s about showing each other how much you value one another. So the biggest stress reducing tip is to keep the whole thing in perspective.
Think about who you’re shopping for and the best way to touch their hearts.  This is not a time of competition, rather a time of togetherness.

Ontario Bakery is here to make your holidays even sweeter, so be sure to call us when you’re ready to reduce even more stress from your schedule and have your holiday cake custom made by us and for you. You won’t regret it. You deserve the best and that’s what we’re here for.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

How to Handle Your Family Stress During the Holidays

How to Handle Your Family Stress During the HolidaysOne thing that come to mind when we think about the holidays is family stress. It doesn’t matter who your family is, each one has that one person or whole household that seems to cause tension or conflict. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a little tip book on how to get through it all with ease and joy? Well as a family business that has our own family dynamics to deal with, we’ve learned some ways to enjoy the holidays without compromising our values or losing the beauty of the holiday because of conflict.
Don’t argue the holidays away. Enjoy your family. Here’s how:
Don’t sweat the small stuff. I know you’ve heard it before, but in the grand scheme of things, does the issue at hand really matter? Conversations are going to come up that irk you, but there’s a good chance that in the big picture, the situation isn’t life altering or going to make or break your life. Set it aside. Enjoy the ride.
See past the exterior. Many times, things bug us simply because we’re focused on what we see. Many times this has to do with clothing, hair cut or color and even lifestyle choices. But under the seen, there is a real person worthy of love; regardless of your opinions. If they were suddenly struck with a life threatening illness, would your feelings about their choices matter so much, or would you savor the time you have?
Underlying causes. All isn’t as it seems. When people act angry or argumentative, there’s often something deeper going on inside them. Perhaps their job or family life is wearing on them … or they’re just unhappy. Be loving to them. Inspire them.
It’s not your duty. Inspire, but don’t feel like you have to fix or heal. As much as you’d like to see your family push through a challenge or grow, you can’t do it for them. Nor can you lecture them enough to see it your way. Be honest, give advice when asked, but more importantly, be an example. (Can’t be an example? Well, then you are the first person to work on, right?)
Small portions.  If, in spite of the above, there are still people that are difficult to be around, love in small portions. No one said you need to spend the whole time with one person. Spend a little time, ask a few questions, show love and move on. You aren’t asked to be a martyr.
Know your home. Yes, some people will bother and annoy you. You’ll wonder how you ended up so sane in a family of crazy people. Oh well. We’ve all been there. Know who you do relate to and enjoy those even more.
Boundaries. Be honest with yourself. If there are people in your family or friends circle that are unhealthy and out of control in their addiction, anger or such, it’s ok to pass on the festivities if that’s what’s necessary. Be sure you’re doing it out of respect for yourself and others and not just judgement.

Remember that who is around you doesn’t determine who you are. They do however, invite you to be the best version of yourself possible. So as you prepare for the coming holiday gatherings, remember that it’s your job to decide how you will enjoy it or not. Also remember that Ontario Bakery is here to make your holidays even sweeter. If you’re looking for a delicious way to end your holiday meal or party, please call Ontario Bakery. We specialize in custom baked cakes and goods for all celebrations.