Cocoa Celebration

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 30, 2009


When I think of celebrations, I think of chocolate, don’t you?

I guess you are probably wondering why my green monster is on fire this morning.

Let me explain.

Last week I spotted a fellow blogger, Caitlin’s, green monster on fire for her birthday.

No it’s not my birthday (yet- 16 days!), but it is a special day worth celebrating here on Oh She Glows!

Exactly 6 months ago today, I sat down at the computer and hit my first publish on Oh She Glows!

Happy 6 Months Oh She Glows!


It has been such an amazing journey so far. I have met so many amazing people and learned so many amazing things. I honestly can’t imagine my life without OSG now. So thank you to everyone who has supported me with my crazy little venture. :)

As you may know, I am on a mission to help other women feel good about their bodies, increase their self-esteem, and encourage all of us to live our best life. We’ve only got one shot at it, so let’s make it a good one!

This morning I decided to put some cocoa into my green monster! Cocoa also has amazing health benefits too!

Cocoa’s beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system may be related to its antioxidant activity. The ingestion of moderate quantities of cocoa causes the blood’s antioxidant capacity to rise, thus diminishing the oxidation of proteins responsible for the formation of plaques.

~ Foods that Fight Cancer

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Just 1 teaspoon (which is the amount I used today) provides an extra 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fibre– in just one tiny itty bitty teaspoon! WOW!

The taste?

I barely noticed it at all! If you are expecting a chocolate smoothie you won’t find it here. It had just a hint of cocoa and a slight bitter taste that I quickly offset with 1/2 a banana. For the extra 20 calories, I definitely think that it is worth all the health benefits plus the extra protein and fibre kick! I will be adding this to my green monster on a regular basis!


I realized in the grocery store yesterday I still had a bunch of Dempster’s Coupons to use up! I spotted the Pro Cardio Squares and knew I had to try them.


Click to see the ingredients:


I was pleasantly surprised to see organic agave syrup on the list and many other great ingredients.


I was really impressed by 7 grams of fibre in just one square. The protein is a bit low, but could easily be improved by adding some nut butter or sprinkling over yogurt. The sugar is also quite low for a health bar.

6 per package:


Great for ‘on the go’ travels to pop in the purse! I stashed a couple in my purse just for those emergency, I’m-going-to-eat-my-arm moments.

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This flavour was apple cinnamon and it was delicious! It was crunchy from all the seeds, yet chewy. I also tasted a hint of agave. A very light sweetness to it.

I LOVED the pumpkin seeds.


Overall taste rating:


Would I buy this product?

I would definitely buy this product! I am excited to try out the other flavours too. :) I can see myself buying these for the sole purpose of having emergency snacks. I like to throw e-snacks in the glove compartment of my car. Not sure if I can do this in the hot summer months though!

And of course I asked myself….I wonder if I can make these? :)



Look familiar?


You are looking at an original painting created by an amazingly talented artist especially for the Shop 4 A Cause Charity Auction!


Niki Jackson, from The Vintage Artist, describes the painting:

‘Glo Cakes’ a whimsical painting depicting Angela’s lovely healthy cakes as featured on her blog. Painted by mixed media painter Niki Jackson on birch plywood. The painting measures 7″ x 5″ and comes ready to hang.


How cute is that painting?? :)

Niki also put together this amazing video showing the entire painting process– WOW!!! Make sure you have the volume turned up!


I have to say I was just floored by everything Niki did for this cause. I actually squealed for joy and started yelling Eric’s name when I saw it! :) My whole family was amazed by it too.

Thanks Niki, I think this is going to be a hot item in the auction!

See you all this afternoon for a 3rd installment of our blogging + social comparison discussion!


“50 grams of dark chocolate has twice the polyphenol content of a glass of red wine and about as much as a cup of green tea brewed for the correct length of time.”

~Foods That Fight Cancer

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brandi April 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

Happy 6 months!!! A cocoa green smoothie seems like the perfect way to celebrate :)


Lara (Thinspired) April 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

I’ve been adding cocoa powder to my GM’s too, and sometimes to plain yogurt with a little sweetener :) SO yummy and healthy!
That painting is AWESOME. No other words for it!


Lara (Thinspired) April 30, 2009 at 10:01 am

P.S. Happy Bloggaversary ;)


Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

Happy 6 months!!! Crazy!! Krista sent me some of those bars in our food exchange, and i LOVED them!!


Krista April 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

I love the Dempsters squares, too! My son eats them like they’re going out of style. He calls them energy bars and always eats one before a hockey game to “power”! ;)


Bec April 30, 2009 at 10:06 am

happy 6 months!


OSGMOM April 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

Congrats on reaching your six month milestone. Enjoy the day & be sure to have one of those yummy glo cakes to celebrate. I’ll leave you with an inspirational quote from Buddha
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.


Leila April 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

Happy 6 month anniversary.

Have you heard that Girl Guides have added a badge for positive body image? It’s so great that people like you and institutions like the Girl Guides are promoting such healthy thoughts.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

Thank you everyone!! :)

Mom- I LOVE that quote!

Leila- No I didn’t know that, but that is super awesome they have that badge :)


Caroline April 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi Angela, I love your blog! Since you’re enjoying your yoga so much and especially bug pose for you inner thighs, I’m wondering whether you’ve every tried reclining bound angle pose ( ) It’s so relaxing and great for those last moments of cool down after a work out. iTunes also has a bunch of great podcasts of (free!) 20 minute yoga routines and something I always hear about downdog is tail bone to the sky and try to reach your chest through your thighs. It feels so good to my hamstrings after a run. Sorry this is so long! Keep up the lovely work!


Kara April 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

Yay happy anniversary!


tj April 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

happy 6 months to you! :) keep up the AMAZING work! :)


Bree April 30, 2009 at 11:32 am

WOW! Has it only been 6 months?? You seem to have covered a lot more ground than the time should have allowed. :-P ;-)


Run Sarah April 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

Happy 6 months! :) I love adding coccoa to my coffee, so yummy.


Jenny April 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

Congrats on 6 months!! You should be very proud!! :)

My b-day is in SIX days!!


Kristie April 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Happy 6 months Angela! Your blog is bangin. I can’t get over how every single entry has something new and exciting to offer, is chock full of info and is FUN to read. Good job Girly!

I’ve been debating buying some of those Dempsters bars but if they have your stamp of approval then I guess they’re worth a try!

Love the painting too, that’s beyond cute!


Jocelyn April 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Happy 6 months..
I really enjoy reading your blog..and I love what you are doing in trying to create better self esteem and a whole new lifestyle for women! Tomorrow night I am leading the dove campaign for true beauty self esteem sleep over with some young girls from my community…We are going to be slappin on some fresh fruit and oatmeal face masks…snacking on fresh veggies and fruit and talking about all of the things we can do to boost our self esteem…

anyways you are a role model for women like me..and young thanks :)


Christina April 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Happy 6 months! I love your blog :)


Susan April 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Happy 6 month blogiversary!!! Thanks for the Dempster review… I was actually looking at those the other day but didn’t get them. Now I know they’re good enough to try out :)


Niki April 30, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Happy Anniversay!! I am so glad you love the painting! xxx


MaryBe April 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Congrats on 6 months! Wow, how your life as changed, right?? Amazing
I am so glad I found Oh She Glows, I just love it


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Sharon April 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Happy 6 months! I can’t believe that’s all it’s been! It’s the same feeling when my boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary…we cheersed to 2 years that felt like 10!


Sally April 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been six months. Congratulations – you have accomplished so much with this website!

Oh, I think the sugar content for the bars is pretty low because it looks like there is some type of artificial sweetener in there as well, hence the sugar alcohols.


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