“What is: chocolate.”
Yes, the ingredient you may hold near and dear to your sweets-loving heart is actually an incredibly powerful, nutrient-packed powerhouse (iron!) that will help do everything from boost your memory power to soothe your PMS-induced cramps. That is, when you buy it in its pure cacao form, and which has no sugar in it.
With so many healthy benefits, there’s no need to limit your chocolate consumption to just late-night snack fixes. Whether it’s kick-starting your morning with a cacao-spiked smoothie to enjoying dinner with a savory Smoky Butternut Squash and Cacao Soup, you could practically Veruca Salt your entire day.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve found 35 recipes to help go beyond the chocolate bar (rumors of an impending cocoa plant shortage, be damned). Yes, there’s even a salad option—kale, meet chocolate… the beginning of a beautiful, healthy friendship! —Willa Tellekson-Flash
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1. Chocolate Kale Smoothie
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11. Overnight Chocolate Rawnola
16. Superfood Muesli
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20. Papaya Salad with Lime Cashew Cream and Raw Cacao
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30. Cocoa Chipotle Salsa
Still want to hit the (chocolate) bar? Here are the 10 healthiest chocolates to share—or keep for yourself.
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