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This Christmas season unwrap a sweet treat and one of nature’s more savory gifts of health. As it turns out luscious, pure, dark chocolate, made from raw cacao and without any additives, is one treat you can indulge in (though not overindulge)!

Above all other forms of chocolate, dark chocolate is a rich source of phytonutrients. It is full of healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants, even dietary fiber! Plus, the flavanols in dark chocolate may decrease blood pressure by helping arteries to relax. What’s more, dark chocolate contains stimulant substances such as caffeine, which is beneficial in keeping your brain alert and sharp. It is also known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, an important mineral for optimal nutrition.

Many athletes can benefit from eating dark chocolate, and for this reason, consume it in moderate quantities all year round. Dark chocolate is a REAL food treat you don’t have to feel guilty about as long as you don’t overeat it!!

TIP: Look for an organic dark chocolate bar with 70% or higher cocoa content and savor sparingly when you need a little something sweet!

Stay fit by powering up with cacao powder!! To truly grasp all the full nutritional benefits dark chocolate has to offer try RAW CACAO POWDER. Add two tablespoons to your daily smoothie, protein drink or homemade hot cocoa as a SUPERFOOD vitamin and mineral supplement!

Be Well ! 🙂

Susie R.