Honestly, who doesn't love chocolate? If you don't, we can't be friends. At least once a day, every day, I enjoy dark chocolate in some way, shape or form. I remember as a kid, one of my favorite breakfast meals were s'mores pop tarts. Gooey marshmallow fluff, melted chocolate embodied by a graham cracker crust. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip pancakes, double fudge brownies, and oven warm chocolate chip cookies- just to name a few sweet treats I indulged in. Now, my love of chocolate has been elevated to Dark Chocolate, a much healthier option, unprocessed and raw.

No more pop tarts but, everything else I enjoyed as a kid, I still do-the healthiest version possible. For instance, chocolate chip pancakes, Bob's Red Mill makes an organic high fiber pancake mix. I add Enjoy Life dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free dark chocolate morsels to the batter just like mom did, and topped off with organic maple syrup. They actually taste better than I remember! I never gave up on foods I enjoyed as a kid, I just found a way to make them healthy. There is a healthy alternative for everything, if you're not sure how to make a swap- ask me! Immaculate, a baking company, sells organic cookie dough. The square pieces of dough that you break off, put on a baking sheet and watch magic chocolatey cookies appear with a nice glass of dark chocolate almond milk, mmm!

Everybody loves Nutella, did you know there are companies that make a better tasting, and better quality hazelnut spread? Meet Nutiva, a superfood company. They have products like coconut oil, hemp oil, protein powder AND organic hazelnut spreads. Not only is their line packed with nutrition, they pack high value-are non gmo and organic. Make the swap today!wp-1476749977880.jpg

 If you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, then it is actually quite nutritious- aim for 70% dark or higher. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others. Consuming dark chocolate can improve several important risk factors for heart disease. It can lower the levels of bad cholesterol(LDL) and boost levels of good cholesterol(HDL). Therefore, making chocolate a heart healthy food of course, in moderation. In my opinion, chocolate everyday should be suggested as a food group -It already is in my world.

Published by Amber Lynn