The Skinny on Chocolate

cacao pEveryone is talking about chocolate! You can’t turn on the radio, television, or open a magazine without hearing about the new chocolate craze. Eating chocolate is now good for you and “heart-healthy!” As long as you know the whole story…

There is a new wave of products being made with pure cocoa. Cocoa is a seed that grows in pods on trees and contains flavonols. Flavonols lower blood pressure, improves brain function, and reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. Pure cocoa is also loaded with antioxidants. (So, eating lots of chocolate makes you pretty and stops the aging process! Don’t we all wish!)

The only problem is you have to eat the dark chocolate to get all the health benefits it has to offer, that means eating 70-100% dark chocolate. The higher the percentage of cocoa means higher the flavonols and antioxidants, the better it is for you and your health. Eating 100% cocoa can be a bit hard to swallow since it tends to be very bitter. The best way to begin eating dark chocolate is to start at 50-60% dark chocolate and work your way to the higher percentages.

Why do we love our milk chocolate so much?? Milk chocolate is made up of powdered, liquid, or concentrated milk, cream, milk fat, sugar, spices-such as vanilla, and only 10% of cocoa. Pure sugar and fat! No wonder we love it so much, it tastes good but its loaded with empty calories and has no benefit to your health.

So how do you get your chocolate benefits and eat them too???

  1. Buy dark chocolate bars with 70-100% cocoa.
  2. Use cacao nibs for baking, raw recipes, and even add them to your smoothies.
  3. Try it straight, by eating raw cocoa beans.
  4. Grate it on fresh fruit or on oatmeal.
  5. Use pure cocoa powder for drinking, like hot chocolate.
  6. Try “Choffy!” It’s meant to be brewed like coffee! (I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds fabulous! So, I’m off to order some now!)
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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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