Did you know that chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group? Chocolate used to be my favorite food group until I got a handle on it!!!
Chocolate isn’t really it’s own food group, but it seems as though it should be, right? Powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious… many people eat chocolate several times a week, if not every day.
Which begs the question…
Is chocolate good for you?
The answer is both yes and no.
Chocolate has been used for centuries to treat bronchitis, sexual malaise, fatigue, hangovers, anemia, depression, memory loss, high blood pressure, poor eyesight, and more. It also helps release that feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain.
But eat the wrong kind of chocolate and you’ll get loads of sugar, calories, and junky ingredients.
How to Eat Chocolate Responsibly
Chocolate begins life as raw cacao (pronounced kah–kow) beans. Loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and plant phenols, cacao is a powerful superfood. The more processed the cacao becomes, however – think commercially produced candy bars – the fewer healthy components remain.
So how does one get the most out of their chocolate fix?
- Don’t be afraid of the dark. The darker the chocolate, the more beneficial cacao it contains.
- Know your percentages: the number on dark chocolate packaging refers to the percentage of cacao bean in the chocolate. For maximum health benefit, look for dark chocolate that has 75% to 85% cacao.
- Go raw – or as unprocessed as possible.
Looking for more fun ways to enjoy your favorite food? You’ll love this dark chocolate treat. Invite some friends over and make a batch!
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Water (to mix)
- Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate or cacao nibs, raw sugar, cacao powder, ginger, or something else you love.
- Mix cashews in a food processor until a powder, adding enough water to create a thick paste.
- Add maple syrup to cashews and pulse to process.
- Add cacao powder. Pulse to process.
- Refrigerate for four hours or overnight for best results
- Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough. Coat balls in your chosen roll-in ingredients!
Get Even Healthier!
Are you curious about how to choose chocolate – and other delicious superfoods – to keep you healthy and your taste buds happy? Let’s talk! Schedule a Discovery Call with me – or pass this information on to someone you care about!