• Jennifer M. Shlomovich

You Can Eat Healthy And Still Enjoy Chocolate

Last week I spoke with someone who mentioned how she has been eating healthy lately and that she really missed chocolate. I shared with her that she can still eat healthy and enjoy chocolate. This conversation got me thinking about how Halloween is coming up later this week as well as the rest of the holiday season being right around the corner. This inspired me to want to share tips on how you can satisfy your chocolate cravings while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Not all chocolate is created equal.  The best chocolate to get is dark chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or higher. You also want to read the label to check if there is a lot of added sugar, as well is if there are added flavors, preservatives and if it is processed with alkali, which is a chemical process.

Dark chocolate contains flavanols which have various health benefits, including lowering blood pressure. The higher the percentage of cacao content, the higher the amount of flavanols.  As great as that is, chocolate is still something that needs to be consumed in moderation.

Click here to learn more about how to choose better quality chocolate and click here to learn more about some of the health benefits chocolate has to offer. Here are a couple of recipes that can help you satisfy your cravings, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oat Balls 2 cups of oats  1 Cup Peanut Butter (You can use other nut butters or sun butter) 1 tsp of vanilla extract 2 tablespoons of stevia or 1/4 cup of maple syrup (If using stevia add 2 tbsps of a plant milk to the mix to add moisture.)

Blend oats in a food processer. Pour the oats in a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Shape into balls and place on wax paper. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.  Makes about 10 balls

Nut Butter/Sun Butter Note: Make sure to read the labels and avoid getting brands that contain added oils, sugar and salt.

Chocolate Hummus 1  15 oz can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) 4 tbsp of maple syrup or 3 tbsp of stevia 4 - 6 tbsp of plant milk  1 tsp of vanilla

Put ingredients in the good processor and blend until mostly smooth. Put in a small bowl, cover and chill for at least one hour in the fridge. Serve with apple slices, pretzels or anything else you want to dip into a chocolate spread.

Enjoy :-)

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