Keep Your Chocolate Fix Healthy

Studies have found that eating dark chocolate every day over a decade may lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  Adding this to the already long list of the benefits of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate, and indulging in this treat sounds like a great idea.  But before you enjoy that treat, make sure it is healthy by remembering these tips:

1.  Make sure it’s dark! Milk chocolate is not the “healthy” chocolate choice due to its dairy and sugar additions that lower the antioxidant content while upping fat and calories.  Look for dark chocolate that is at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa for high flavonoid concentrations that actually help your health!

 

2.  Go for high quality! Avoid chocolates that use “partially hydrogenated” oils, since these trans fats are not the healthy ingredients to be looking for.  It is recommended to purchase organic, fair-trade ingredients in your dark chocolate treat.

 

3.  Keep it small! Just because it’s good for you does not mean you can go overboard.  Stick to a square of dark chocolate a day.  The studies show that dark chocolate’s benefits are obtained from having just a small amount per day.

 

Protein-Packed Punch

Always remember to refuel your muscles after workouts.  Consuming adequate protein helps keep your mind energized, your metabolism stimulated and your body able to repair itself from physical activity.  Protein shakes are a great source of refuel and can even be used as a meal replacement for fat loss.  Try this “Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Shake” below for a quick and convenient way to nourish your muscles.

Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Shake:

2 Scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 Large Banana

12 oz Milk

4-6 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until your desired consistency.

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