Today’s Superfood: Dark Chocolate

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!

blog post_superfood_chocolate02Health Benefits

Rich source of nutrients:

  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

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.

Heart Healthy

Dark chocolate has been greatly studied for its heart health. It actually can lower our blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

blog post_superfood_chocolate01Choosing Chocolate
  • 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

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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!

 

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