Chocolate is one of the most versatile and delicious ingredients in the culinary world. The history of chocolate, and its creation from the beans of the cacao tree, can be traced to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs who called their chocolate drink, the gift from the gods. Besides it’s fabulous flavor, chocolate is a source of antioxidants. Chocolate has been found to help lower blood pressure and even increase “good” cholesterol. Darker chocolate is also known to have anti-inflammatory qualities as long as you’re enjoying it in moderation. That’s the difficult part, enjoying it in moderation. WebMD has an informative article on the health benefits of chocolate. One fact is clear for chocolate: the purer and darker the chocolate, the greater your health benefits. Raw chocolate or minimally processed dark chocolate high in cocoa solids is healthier than milk chocolate and white chocolate. Check the amount of chocolate in your chips as some are as low as 29%. Look for chips with a high amount of chocolate like Enjoy Life semisweet dark chocolate chips which are close to 70% cacao. I like that the chips are soy free, nut free, gluten free, dairy free, Non GMO, vegan, and paleo. When eaten in moderation, semisweet chocolate can keep your brain sharp, your blood flowing and your heart healthy.Read More
If you love smoothies but crave a thicker breakfast, try making a frosty smoothie thick enough to eat with a spoon and bowl. Today’s tasty treat is a Chocolate Almond Smoothie Bowl with coconut flakes, protein powder, nuts, and fresh fruit.