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Alyssa Rogoz

We all get the craving for something sweet once in a while. For many, chocolate is the most preferred kind of sweetness to do the trick, and lucky for them, it can also be the healthiest!

If chosen correctly, dark chocolate can have the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. This means that sticking to anything with 70% or higher cocoa content may provide more antioxidants than blueberries and acai berries. Not only is it loaded with other minerals and include traces of soluble fiber, but it has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

If you do not enjoy the bitterness of dark chocolate, a great way to transform your taste buds is to combine it with fruit. Try dipping strawberries or bananas in dark chocolate for dessert. It’s a great way to add natural sugar while getting more nutrients in. Keep in mind, that dark chocolate can still be high in calories so stick to having only one or two squares to combat your craving.

As a rule of thumb, the darker the chocolate, the less the sugar. So always be sure to read the label and be smart about your sweet tooth! 

 

Homemade Chocolate Bars
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Ingredients:

· ½ c. coconut oil, melted
· 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
· 4 tbsp. of 100% maple syrup
· Pinch of Sea Salt


Directions:

· Melt the coconut oil on medium /low heat in a sauce pan
· Add the cacao powder, maple syrup, sea salt and whisk until smooth.
· Pour into flat pan lined with parchment paper or chocolate molds.
- Store in the freezer until hardened. Keep in freezer or refrigerator.