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Chocolate is the New Healthy

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So, as part of your New Year’s Resolutions, chances are you’ve decided to get healthy. Along with getting more exercise, drinking more water, and getting better sleep you also are getting rid of all your favorite foods, including chocolate. Wait! What if I told you that not only does chocolate not have to become a stranger, but that including it in your diet can help you lose weight and get healthier?

Chocolate Is Not the Enemy

Chocolate, itself, is not the enemy. Believe it or not, actual chocolate is quite healthy for you. The issues arise when cocoa powder or chocolate itself is mixed with unhealthy ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, sugar, some wheat-based products and unhealthy high calorie fats. Many concoctions made with chocolate are fat-filled, sugar laden, nutritional bombs. However, poor chocolate, itself, is not the culprit and tends to get a bad rap.

The Benefits of Chocolate

Besides helping you adhere to your weight loss program by satisfying cravings, suppressing the appetite, and helping you feel full, chocolate has numerous other advantages. This known antioxidant is touted as a preventative when it comes to stroke, heart disease, and other cardiovascular ailments. Chocolate is also recognized as a factor in helping to reduce your cholesterol levels and improve your blood pressure.

Researchers say the greater blood flow encouraged by the consumption of chocolate is also thought to help prevent mental decline as you age. As you get older, greater blood flow to the brain is needed in order to stay mentally sharp and to provide the energy needed to finish undertakings.

Some researchers from the University of Granada in Spain even say that eating chocolate on a regular basis can help you stay slim. This team studied two groups of teenagers; those who ate chocolate on a regular basis, and those who did not. They concluded that those who regularly consumed chocolate were significantly slimmer and healthier than their non-chocolate loving counterparts.

Try This With Your Chocolate!

As mentioned, the health benefits of chocolate will be better realized when it is used in combination with other nutritious foods as part of your diet program. You can try including it in various dishes. Branch out by matching it with unusual ingredients to make your healthy diet more interesting.

You may not immediately think of chocolate and avocado as being foods you’d normally pair, but if you try this recipe your taste buds will thank you!

Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

1 ripe Avocado (without seed or skin)
1 peeled Banana (ripe is preferred)
1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Stevia to taste or 2 T. Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, optional
1/4 cup Almond Milk (or water)
Pinch of Sea Salt

Use a food processor or blender to combine all the ingredients. Add water or almond milk until you reach the desired consistency. Sweeten to taste. Refrigerate for two hours and serve.

Or, for a Mexican twist to the above recipe, you can add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a 1/4 cup strong coffee. Chocolate; it’s not just for dessert anymore. Try broadening your dietary horizons by experimenting with this healthy ingredient in your traditional chili recipes, soups, sauces and more.

To enjoy more healthy delicious recipes, be sure to visit Viance Nutrition. You can also get on an all-natural healthy weight loss program at Viance.com.

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