Healthy Chocolate

What if I told you, chocolate can be healthy. It is a superfood. A clean chocolate can actually be a healthy boost with tons of healthy benefits.

The health benefits of chocolate from high – quality cacao (made from cacao beans) are varied and impressive. It contains free- radical fighting antioxidants, B vitamins, Magnesium and many more.

Cocoa is rich in plant chemicals called flavanols that may help to protect the heart. Flavanols have been shown to support the production of nitric oxide, that helps to relax the blood vessels which helps to improve the blood flow.

Some studies suggest that flavanols in chocolate may also help lower diabetes risk by increasing insulin sensitivity. A study published in 2012 showed that daily consumption of cocoa flavanols was associated with improved thinking skills in older adults.

Another molecule in chocolate called phenylethylamine can act like a gentle antidepressant. Chocolate is rich in serotonin precursors which help the body produce serotonin. Serotonin, a brain chemical that promotes feelings of happiness, is integral to psychological well being and is in charge of mood, sleep, and appetite.

What is the catch?

Dark chocolate also contains a moderate amount of saturated fat which can negatively affect blood lipid levels, though its heart-protective effects from flavanols appear to outweigh the risk. Choosing dark chocolate and eating modest quantities may offer the greatest health benefits.

Clean chocolate

Refined Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Antioxidant Rich, Natural Magnesium Source, Super Food Enriched, Lowers Inflammation

Ingredients

1/4 cup nut butter of choice (or tahini for nut-free)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1.5 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp raw honey
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Instructions

Gently warm the coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat.

Once melted, add the nut butter, cacao, honey and salt, stirring continuously until well blended.

Spoon the mixture into silicone molds and transfer to the freezer to set.

Once solidified, these can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. They will melt when kept outside.

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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