Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy

As if you needed more reasons to have chocolate daily
Chocolate – and in particular dark chocolate – is linked to a number of healthy benefits:

  • Protection from disease-causing free radicals
  • Potential cancer prevention
  • Improved heart health
  • Improvements in overall cholesterol profile
  • Better cognitive functioning
  • Improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar

So make sure to include a little dark chocolate to your diet each day.
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Studying the impact of chocolate
As with any food, studying the links to your health is challenging. Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are putting together a 4 years clinical trial to understand the health benefits of chocolate. Visit their website if you’re interested in learning more.

Note: Sadly, if you’re included in the study, you will not be given chocolate in chocolate-bar form, but rather capsules equivalent to the cocoa in 1,000 calories’ worth of dark chocolate.
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Paleo and vegan chocolate fudge recipe
At The Savvy, we’ve got one team member on board the Paleo train, and another following a more vegetarian meal plan. But we both agree that chocolate fudge is a must for either diet.

Here’s a recipe that fits the bill perfectly.
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Healthy chocolate banana bread
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please.

Here’s a recipe for healthy chocolate banana bread that is not overly sweet (although there is an option for increasing the sweetness if that’s your thing.) In fact, we love this recipe because it gives you a number of options that enable you to customize it to meet your dietary preferences:

  • Not eating dairy – no problem, switch out the milk to almond or coconut mile
  • Not into nuts? Leave them out.
  • Can’t find coconut sugar, use brown sugar

Now if we could just swap out the bananas…#justkidding #tinahatesbananas
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