Superfood Series: Dark Chocolate

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I know that we’ve all heard that too much chocolate (or that chocolate in general!) can be bad for you. There is some truth to that, but when it comes to dark chocolate, you’re actually eating healthy. It may seem shocking to some that dark chocolate is a superfood, but it’s true!

Why You Should be Eating Dark Chocolate

When searching the store for chocolate, try to find some that is at least 70% cacao or cocoa for optimal benefits. Chocolate this dark is loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals that wreak havoc on our body, causing us to become sick. Antioxidants also protect the body from any further damage the radicals may cause. Dark chocolate even has the potential for cancer prevention! It’s good for cholesterol levels, improves cognitive function, and the flavanols present are amazing for heart health.

Here are 7 delicious recipes that call for the use of dark chocolate. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Waffles

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dark chocolate

This delicious chocolate waffle recipe is amazing. Warm, chocolatey waffles topped with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream are great for breakfast or a snack.

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

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dark chocolate

This creamy almond smoothie is amazing and a great addition to breakfast – or anytime! The combination of almond milk and almond butter is a bigger added health benefit.

Dark Chocolate Mousse

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Delicious, decadent chocolate mousse is an incredible dessert. It’s easy to make and only takes a little over an hour to complete and then eat!

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

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dark chocolate

These truffles are incredible! The ripe avocados provide the creamiest texture to this delightful treat. You would NEVER know that there is even any avocado present. Five ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and enjoy!

Southern-Style Chocolate Gravy

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dark chocolate

Chocolate for breakfast? It’s true, proving once again that chocolate for breakfast is acceptable. Pour this gravy over some warm flaky biscuits and yum!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly. It’s an amazing alternative and tastes scrumptious. Wash it down with some cool almond milk and feel good about it.

Chocolate Lover’s Pizza

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Pizza for dessert is a thing!! This chocolate lover’s pizza has an incredible graham cracker crust topped with dark chocolate and nuts. This recipe is delicious, but in addition to the nuts I like to add some juicy cherries or strawberries.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks addition of the Superfood Series. And now you know that dark chocolate is not only delicious but good for your health too. Happy Cooking!

Do you have any favorite recipes that call for dark chocolate? Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and recipes in the comment section.

Want to keep eating healthy? Check out these 16 healthy dinner recipes under 600 calories!

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