Level Up Your Treats With This Tasty Sidekick
Ahh, dark chocolate. The Robin to my Batman. The Igor to my Dracula. Okay, you get it, I love the stuff. I probably eat a small amount of dark chocolate every day so it really is my sweet sidekick. Just not too much, that’s the key. About one ounce or less is a good rule of thumb. Either a small piece of a candy bar or small handful or morsels is my go-to grab for this favorite treat. Pair it with some nuts for an even more powerful snack.
The good, I mean, super-fantastic-amazingly awesome news is that dark chocolate is actually loaded with stuff that’s healthy for us. It packs a nutritious punch of antioxidants, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and more. A vast variety of studies show a lot of other rocking benefits we can enjoy if we nosh a little more of this powerful treat.
Improved blood flow
Lower blood pressure
Reduced risk of stroke
Reduced bad (LDL) cholesterol
It’s good for our brains
Improved insulin sensitivity
It releases “feel good” endorphins
Pure, sweet pleasure (my personal study!)
Wow, that’s a pretty sweet list of accolades… pun intended. Bottom line is, we don’t have to completely avoid sweet treats to remain healthy. Moderation is key. The darker the chocolate the better. Enjoy!
Photo provided by William Warby