Dark chocolate has been around for 3000 years! Before 1689, the only chocolate around was dark chocolate. Then, milk became a popular addition. While milk chocolate remains popular, its dark chocolate that holds all the secret goodness.
What makes dark chocolate a powerful superfood?
Cocoa! Cacao grows on trees as orange colored fruit. The seeds are the size of small pumpkins. These seeds can be used to create cocoa powder- through a process of roasting and grinding.
Fun Fact: Every second Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate!
Rich source of nutrients:
Unbelievable antioxidant power
Many people would be surprised to know – Dark chocolate has comparable antioxidant power to fruits like acai and blueberries.
Makes us happy
Filled with blissful chemicals like serotonin that makes us happy. Even the smell of dark chocolate can improve our mood.
Dark chocolate has been greatly studied for its heart health. It actually can lower our blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
- Not all chocolate is healthy. Look on the label for “cocoa”
- Did you know white chocolate is actually not chocolate? It contains zero cocoa!
- When purchasing chocolate bars, choose high percentage of cocoa, at least 70%
The greater percentage means:
Richer in flavor // Less added sugar // Good for you!
Chocolate should be consumed in moderation:
Limit cocoa intake to 2oz or less per serving
You do not need to consume chocolate daily to receive all its amazing benefits
A minimal amount, 2- 3 times per week is ideal
Use 100% cocoa powder
Replace packaged hot chocolate with 100% cocoa powder
Add a tablespoon in during baking or making smoothies
Try a warm cup of cocoa hot chocolate
1cup fat-free white milk
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Handle of miniature marshmallows
Heat milk on stovetop till warm
Add cocoa, vanilla extract and stir
Top with miniature marshmallows and enjoy!