Chocolate- the healthy way

I love chocolate. Is there a way to eat this delicious food without ruining a healthy diet? As luck would have it, yes! Chocolate is actually a very powerful health food, as long as you get as close to the natural ingredient as possible and don’t eat it laden down with milk and sugar!

Why not try the following ways to enjoy chocolate?

– Eat dark chocolate with as much cocoa content as possible. I love to eat Green and Black’s organic dark chocolate with 80% cocoa, but as long as you exceed about 65% you can reap all the wonderful benefits, including antioxidants, ‘happy hormones’ such as endorphin and serotonin, the lowering of high blood pressure and high cholestrol, and even protection from the signs of aging!

– Try raw chocolate, such as those sold by www.rawrchoc.com. Raw chocolate retains even more nutrition as it hasn’t been damaged by cooking, so you absorb even more minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins.

– Use flaxseed with cocoa to give your cereal or yogurt a boost. Flaxseed itself is such a great food that I’ve written a seperate post all about it, but when you buy it with cocoa, it’s absolutely delicious. Try it with a bit of honey on a bowl of puffed rice for cereal that tastes like Coco Pops but feeds you with loads of nutrition to get through the day. This is the one I use, which is cold-pressed and tastes just great: http://www.linwoodshealthfoods.com/productdetails/13/ground-flaxseed-cocoa-strawberries-blueberries.aspx

– Purchase some really good quality organic dark chocolate powder, such as this one from Green and Black’s: http://www.greenandblacks.com/ca/what-we-make/home-use/cocoa-powder.html Use it with a good natural sweetener such as unrefined sugar, honey or molasses to make a comforting cup of hot chocolate.

Any ideas you’d like to share? Let me know!

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