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I remember the first time I ever heard that chocolate was good for you, I almost cried (seriously). I mean, really? Yeah, we’ve all heard the reports about dark chocolate, small portions, boosting sex drive, blah, blah, blah. These reports only satisfied us for a moment though, making us feel not so *guilty* about stuffing our faces with candy bars. None of that mainstream news ever promoted having chocolate be part of your healthy lifestyle or breakfast routine. When most people think about chocolate breakfast, they probably get visions of being coo-coo and loading up on choco crisps. That of course is just sugary kids cereal right? Chocolate certainly couldn’t be considered part of a healthy breakfast?

Wrong. Chocolate CAN be part of your daily morning routine! It’s glorious!

There’s one catch though.

Remember that sugary chocolate cereal? Yeah, still not part of a balanced breakfast (no matter what “they” say). The key to a healthy start with chocolate is by consuming RAW chocolate.

What do you mean by raw?

Uncooked, unheated, minimally processed (or completely unprocessed) cacao. Cacao is the term you use for raw chocolate. Cocoa (which is what mainstream grocery stores sell), is processed chocolate, which is void of all those nutrients your body benefits from.

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Consuming raw chocolate is good for you! It’s the highest source of magnesium, plus is a good source of  antioxidants (cancer prevention!), polyphenols (helps heart and brain!), calcium, and potassium!

Benefits include:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases blood flow
  • Improves brain function
  • Boosts mood
  • Heart-healthy
  • Anti-depressant
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol
  • Regulates bowel movements

Recipes to try:

Raw Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pretzel Cups

Raw Choco & PB Cups are so EASY!_1

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Vegan Pregnancy Chocolate Protein Shake Recipe_2

Chocolate Protein Balls

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Strawberry and Chocolate Little Darlings

strawberry & chocolate little darlings

Chocolate and Strawberry Dream Pie

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* If you are sensitive to caffeine, you may not want to eat raw chocolate before bedtime, as it is a stimulant! This is why I like eating it for breakfast, or an early dinner dessert!

What is your favorite way to eat chocolate? Share in the comments below!

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