Love Chocolate? Here's How You Can Eat It!
By Genevieve Cunningham
Chocolate. Who doesn't love a satisfying piece of this dark goodness? Chocolate has long been the choice dessert for numerous special occasions -- Valentine's Day, anniversaries, birthdays, and more. Of course, every time we bite into a piece of chocolate, we just know that we're ruining our health. But what if it didn't have to be this way? What if we could enjoy chocolate without the guilt or extra pounds? If you'd like to enjoy your favorite treat guilt-free, take a look at these ways to add it safely to your diet.
Dark chocolate has more benefits than its milky counterpart. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that are good for the heart, skin, and brain. It's been proven time and again to be more beneficial than harmful -- as long as you're not going overboard. You can eat as much as one square per day without feeling any guilt at all. If you need chocolate every day, this may be your best choice.
Another way to eat chocolate without guilt is simply with moderation in mind. This is hard for a lot of people, but it can really work if you're willing to be strict. You can't eat chocolate all day every day, but you can eat in spurts. Enjoy your chocolate treat every Sunday, and then don't eat anymore for the rest of the week. This only works, of course, it you have self-restraint. If you're not good at the weekly treats, then this may not be the best choice for you.
Cacao has been around for a long time, but it's recently enjoyed a push toward the spotlight. It's a hot item in today's world. Cacao contains more calcium than cow's milk, plus bursts of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. Proponents of cacao claim it improves memory, boosts energy, strengthens the immune system, and improves mood. You can buy cacao in a bar form, or you can buy a powder and create your own delicious recipes.
Chocolate doesn't have to start a wave of guilt and extra exercise. You can absolutely enjoy this treat without worrying over pounds or poor health. Use these tips to add chocolate to your diet, and satisfy your sweet tooth without consequence.
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