In preparation for the Easter festivities, I spent last Sunday excitedly making homemade healthy chocolate treats for my family and friends. Chocolate can actually be healthy and I am fed up with the way most of the chocolate eaten today is produced, so decided to make my own. I was super happy with the way it turned out, smooth, creamy, delicious, organic and completely void of artificial ingredients.
Dark chocolate is actually jam packed with a whole host of benefits.
- Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart- Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two times a week can help lower your blood pressure.
- Dark Chocolate is Full of Antioxidants – Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells accelerating aging .
- Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals- Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health, the following are found in high concentrations:
It is important to remember that not all chocolate is created equal. Most shop bought chocolate brands contain tones of sugar, refined carbohydrates and use soy lecithin as an emulsifier (sticks it together).
Remember, chocolate is still a treat, it can be healthy in moderation (hard I know) but that’s not an excuse to go crazy with it.
Here is the basic recipe, but feel free to jazz it up! A teaspoon of a shot of espresso, dried fruit, chopped nuts os some yummy orange extract for a tag taste!