Healthy Chocolate

Healthy chocolate.  Does it really exist? Yup.

I'm one of those people that are addicted to chocolate.  I could care less about any other kind of candy, but if you put chocolate in front of me, I'm done.  The thing is that I've figured out a way to get my chocolate fix on a daily basis...high fives.

Chocolate in itself is actually not bad for you.  It's all the sugar that's added to chocolate in  candy, cookies and cake (all things I love by the way) that is the enemy.  Take away the sugar, leave the benefits of chocolate and you can have your cake and eat it too. 

There are three chocolatey (don't know if this is a word, but I'm using it anyway) things I put in my daily smoothies: Cacao nibs, chocolate hemp protein powder and Organic Chocolate Nuttzo Butter.  None of these ingredients are sweet, but I mix them with a banana plus berries and the combo is...really good.  

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How I Use Chocolate in My Diet

Cacao nibs: Actually have quite a bit of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  They're basically crushed cacao beans and have no sugar at all.  The real deal.  They're pretty crunchy too.  I like the crunch.

Chocolate Hemp Shake Protein Powder:  I get mine from Nutiva.  I don't eat meat so I add this to make sure I get just a little more protein in my diet.  There are 7 grams of sugar per serving (3 tablespoons).  I only use 2 tablespoons to cut down on the sugar.  Tastes bomb blended with raspberries.

Organic Chocolate Nuttzo Butter:  Just discovered this one and I like it a lot.  Less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.  Contains a blend of nut butters (which I'm addicted to in the first place) and organic chocolate chips.  This one just puts my smoothies over the top (big grin).

So yeah, chocolate really isn't what it used to be in the traditional sense.  Like most other ingredients in the standard American diet it's been mutated into something sweet and addictive, but once you get back to its original form you'll find that you can get your chocolate fix without gobs of the bad stuff.  Enjoy.

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