Is it any surprise that February is National Chocolate Lovers’ Month? Boxes of chocolates and truffles and piles of chocolate-covered strawberries are turning up on everyone’s’ desks these days and maybe we’ve got more reasons than ever to hoard the chocolate for ourselves. In moderation, it’s healthy!
No, really. Chocolate contains iron, potassium, fiber and some of our favorite antioxidants, flavonoids. The flavonoids found in chocolate may be able to do things like relax blood vessels and promote healthy circulation, both of which may lead to healthier blood pressure levels. Chocolate also contains polyphenols, antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage. Of course, the darker the chocolate, the healthier it is. Start with 57% cacao dark chocolate, or even semi-sweet, and work your way up until you find the perfect dark chocolate fit for you.
Of course, we love to bake with chocolate. Go all out with a flourless chocolate cake. It’s super-simple to make and it tastes so good. Plus it’s gluten-free. Serve it with lightly sweetened whipped cream or maybe a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for your special someones this Valentine’s Day. If baking isn’t your thing, try dipping! Use all sorts of fruits. Just make sure they’re absolutely dry so the chocolate sticks. Our dietitians have come up with an easy recipe for making your own chocolate bark. The pieces of bark make a great gift too. Why not wrap a few squares in colored cellophane, tie with a jaunty bow and share as gifts?