Sweet Talk

Chocolate and February 14th go together hand-and-hand like you and your Valentine. Whether you are giving or receiving a heart-shaped package of this dark deliciousness this year, you will be happy to know that a little indulgence can be a very good thing!

Need a reason to enjoy a chocolate treat this year? I can give you five! (Don’t kid yourself….you didn’t even need one!)
♥ It Helps Your Workout
Sound to good to be true? Believe it! A recent study found that eating a small piece of dark chocolate before a workout fights fatigue.
♥ It Helps Relieve Stress
I probably don’t need to say anything to convince you of this one! Another recent scientific study found that participants who ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate everyday for two weeks had a significant reduction in stress hormone levels.
♥ It Helps Your Heart
Dark chocolate contains compounds that help to increase the flow of blood to the heart.
♥ It Helps Lower Your Blood Pressure
Along with increasing blood flow, chocolate has ingredients that help to dilate blood vessels and release nitric oxide.
♥ It Helps You When Your Sick
Theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, has been shown to suppress a cough!

While it may be good for your health, not all chocolate is created equal!
♥ Go Dark
The darker the chocolate, the more flavonols it contains, so choose the bar with the highest percent cocoa.
♥ Go Nuts
Choosing a chocolate treat that contains nuts adds heart healthy fats to your dessert
♥ Go Fruity
Pair your chocolate bites with fresh fruit! Because come on…do you know anyone who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries?
Go Easy
Remember, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Practice portion control and stick to one or two ounces.

Contrary to popular belief, one entire heart-shaped box does not count as a single serving! Confused about what a serving of chocolate looks like? One hundred calories of your favorite Valentine’s treats look something like this:
1.5 Russel Stover’s Truffles
5 Hershey’s Kisses
29 M&Ms
3 Dark Chocolate Dove Hearts
1.5 York Peppermint Patties
2 Mini Twix Bars

Go enjoy some dark chocolate! Its good for you!


9 thoughts on “Sweet Talk

  1. I love chocolate!!!! Pretty much the only chocolate I eat these days though is Green & Black's 85% cocoa organic dark chocolate. There are so many chocolates with too many funky ingredients in them. But either way, Valentines Day rocks. I never understood why so many people don't like it! Who doesn't love flowers and chocolate???

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