Why Dark chocolate and 70% or more cacao is good for you?
Almost 2 years ago I stop using sugar, I don’t use with my teas, smothies or any drink I love.
At the beginning was hard because I couldn’t feel the flavor of my drinks but everything is just a matter of time, I got use to it and now I feel great having a drink without sugar.
I knew that at some point I’ll be craving for something sweet, and that’s when Cacao and dark chocolate came to me.
I started to learn more about the benefits, for my surprise I found its even good for the skin.
Dark chocolate has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, eating them regulary it’s great for the skin and wrinkles too.
-The antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage.
-Promote a healthy glow.
-may help to reduce inflammation on the skin.
I believe its true I’ll been eating them for quite a few months and for a 56 years old mom, I don’t have that many wrinkles.
Also eating a piece of chocolate a day can make you feel more happy too.
Now the question is how we know which ones are good?
How to choose the best dark chocolate?
1- Organic is best because
2- The Cocoa % 70 or higher
3- Less ingredients is better
4- Avoid trans fats
5- Artificial flavors
6- High amounts of sugars
When I’m choosing a Dark chocolate I always
Make my research and read the ingredients, this is the best way to know what are we buying.
Here are some brands I tried and I love them each of them has ovet 70% of cacao or more.
1- Organic Alter Eco
Organic cacao beans,organic cocoa butter, organic raw cane sugar, organic vanilka beans.
Origen – Ecuador, 85% cacao.
2- Pasha Organic very intensive flavor, organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and irganic vanilla.
Product of Peru.
3- Green & Black’s organic, cocoa butter vanilla with 70% of cacao.
4- Theo Organic chocolate, the cacao comes from Peru and Democratic Republic of Congo, it has 70% Dark chocolate with a little sea salt, love the contrast between salt and sugar.
How much shoul we eat?
I’ll eat the whole bar but I know is not a good idea, one or two ounces a day is better.
Banana with Dark chocolate Smoothie
1 ripe banana sliced and previously frozen
1 cup and 1/2 Almond Milk
2 table spoons Organic Cacao Powder or 2 small pieces of Organic Dark chocolate 70% or more.
1 tbsp Raw honey
1/4 cup Gluten -Free GRANOLA Extreme but fruit, to give the smoothie a delicious taste.
( Bakery on Main brand granola)
Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until creamy.
For garnish after pouring into a glass zest a little piece of Organic Dark chocolate bar.
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