Chocolate is one of the best things ever, period. People all over the world enjoy it in various ways, usually in the most decadent ways. Listen, we understand, and in fact, we fully support rich and chocolatey desserts. However, for the real chocoholics out there, it can be difficult to get your almost-daily fix without piling on the excess sugar or fat. However, it’s actually incredibly easy to make your chocolate better for you.
Chocolate can be made– dare we say– healthy! There are already lots of information about the health benefits of chocolate, and our bloggers are here to show you how to get your fix, as well as a nutritional boost. You can find all these recipes on our app, Food Monster!
Adding healthy grains is not only an excellent way to start your day, but a sneaky and creative way to get that chocolate into your breakfast. Sina created this chocolatey concoction! These Chocolate and Fruit “Zoats” is a breakfast dish that’s made using oats, shredded zucchini, and a non-dairy milk of your choice. In this recipe, plain zucchini and oats are transformed into a decadent and chocolatey breakfast experience with a pudding-like texture from the added chia seeds.
And because chocolate and fruit were made to be together, it’s topped with an assortment of fresh fruit that can easily be adjusted to your liking. You can also dig your fork into these Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes by Namita Tiwari! These pancakes are hearty, filling, and totally gluten-free! Enjoy them for your weekend breakfast, or as a yummy dessert. Buckwheat is a great source of source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants.
Need to sneak more veggies in your diet? Try these chocolatey bites out for size! The strong and rich taste of chocolate easily masks a lot of super healthy ingredients– like zucchini! Actually, the “hidden veggies” trend is very popular amongst chocolate treats. This recipe for Raw Chocolate Zucchini Bites not only uses raw cacao powder (which is considered a superfood) but it also has no refined sugar, sweetened with dates.
You can also try adding superfood to your chocolatey morsels, like how Ambra Torelli made her Raw Truffles. Mesquite powder, lucuma raw cacao, and mixed nuts make these little bites satisfying and good for you.
Adding protein to your food not only gives you a nutritious boost but keeps you fuller for longer. Maja Brekalo created bars that are easy to pack and go for when you have a sweet craving but still keeping mindful of what you’re putting in your body. These Chocolate Granola Bars are refined sugar-free, protein and good carbs rich, and so easy to make. Forget buying expensive snacks when you can make these at home, quickly, and fuss-free. You don’t need to freeze them, they will not melt or fall apart if you take them with you.
You can even make your dessert creamy but still packed with protein with this Raw High Protein Chocolate Cream. This chocolate cream is so nutritious that it can easily double as a healthy snack at any time of the day, or even as a post-exercise recovery food.
Adaptogens are trending right now, and it’s easy to understand why. Adaptogens are plant-based foods (mainly roots, herbs, and mushrooms) considered to help the body adapt to stress. You don’t need to get rid of the cravings, you just need to make better healthier choices. Next time you feel a sweet tooth coming on try these sugar-free Açaí Blueberry Bars With Chocolate made by Sirke Reivo.
They will not only satisfy your cravings but also boost and support your body and mind. They have baobab root powder and lucuma! These Adaptogenic Chocolate and Fruit Breakfast Bars by Christine DesRoches are also an excellent choice. The bitter edge of these bars is softened with fruit for a chocolate that is free of sugar and full of nutrients like mushrooms, maca root, and mesquite powder.
When it comes to desserts, it’s very easy to pack on the calories. A simple sundae can be full of fat and sugar, and you can finish it off in minutes without even blinking! While that’s awesome and all, if you’re on the path of making better choices, you want to still enjoy dessert, but not at the risque of your health!
This Cacao Nice Cream by Katja Meier is so uber delicious! It’s made with just a decent amount of cacao, not too much, and a little hint of vanilla. Do you see how creamy it is? If you want to end the day with a warm and cozy drink this Hot Chocolate ‘Macaccino’ by Laine Rudolfa is also an excellent choice. Maca has an earthy and sweet flavor and it’s great for hot drinks and smoothies. This hot chocolate has a wonderful combination of spices and sweeteners that are all health-boosting and delicious.
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