Chocolate is something of a miracle food — it can ease depression, boost circulation, lower blood pressure, and even help you lose weight. In a strange correlation, it could even make you more likely to win a Nobel Prize! To think, all of this bang in one, tiny, delectable package. But, why? How do the compounds in chocolate react in our bodies to produce such dramatic results? The answer lies within you.
Remember, not all chocolate is created equal. If you opt for a chocolate bar, be sure it is dark, as in 85% or greater.
Too much sugar could negate the benefits. If that’s too bitter for your taste, add a small dollop of raw honey to very dark chocolate for a double-whammy of health benefits and palatable sweetness.
Without your microcosm of gut bacteria, chocolate might not pose nearly as many benefits to your health. Keep your gut balanced with probiotics and a balanced diet — and make sure to give your micro-critter friends a big thank-you with a health-boosting treat of dark chocolate once in a while.
This smoothie recipe is both decadent and healthy - sure to satisfy even the greatest of choc-a-holics!
(use organic ingredients where possible)
Once you have your young drinking coconut open, pour the water into your blender and scoop out the flesh. Add the coconut flesh, to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients except for the cacao nibs. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Pour into two glasses and garnish with the cacao nibs.
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