Do This One (Yummy) Thing Daily For Great Health

This might be my most favorite nutrition tip (#6) of all: Eat 1-1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily!

A good quality dark chocolate has more antioxidant power than blueberries and broccoli put together.

What makes a good quality dark chocolate?

  • minimal ingredients (look for cacao liquor or solids and cane sugar in a dark chocolate bar)

  • no dairy (not only does dairy displace the healing cacao solids but it also binds to the healing phytonutrients in cacao making them ineffective

  • organic—studies show that organic wins over non organic when it comes to nutrients

  • percentage-as a general rule the higher the percentage of cacao the better for your health, but fermenting and roasting also effect chocolate’s nutrition content

Some of my fave pure and fair trade brands include Rescue Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Xocolatl, and Askinosie Chocolate.

My personal daily routine is to have one piece after breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a perfect post-meal bitter digestive.

Want to create delicious recipes using chocolate every day? Grab this mouth-watering chocolate recipe book by fellow dietitian nutritionist Matt Rusciagno, “Superfoods For Life, Cacao.” It’s chock(olate)-full of 75 recipes, nutrition tips and fun facts about chocolate.

What’s your fave chocolate brand?

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