Good news: YES, chocolate can be healthy! Actually, chocolate should be healthy: it was until big companies decided to put lots of chemicals and nasties in it and sold some kind of crap with the label “chocolate” on it. That’s a pity considering this kind of fake chocolate is damaging our bodies: toxins, chemicals, pesticides, bad quality saturated fats… all of this is bad for our cardiovascular system, our digestive system, our immune system… basically our whole metabolism!
Lucky for us, we can avoid all that crap by either buying good quality & real chocolate from cool brands, or making our own in the kitchen!
If you choose to buy real chocolate, here is what you should be looking for on the label – aka what chocolate should be made out of:
- cacao: at least 70 % (otherwise how on Earth could it be called ‘chocolate’?!) & raw (which means ‘non-heated’ i.e. it still has most of its nutrients). It’s a superfood full of antioxydants!
- healthy fats: cacao butter, coconut oil…
- natural sweeteners: a variable degree of good-quality & non-refined sugar.
Here is a selection of my favourite brands: Ombar (the best chocolate on Earth!), iQ Chocolate, Loving Earth… Take a look at the chocolate shelves at Whole Foods or Planet Organic, you’ll have plenty of brands to choose from!
And if you fancy making your own at home, here’s a recipe:
Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan:
- Cacao: 1/3 cup
- Coconut oil: 1/3 cup
- Maple syrup: 1/4 cup
- Salt: 1 pinch
Once you’ve got a smooth mixture, pour it in a mould and let it cool in the freezer for several hours before serving.
Enjoy and keep the rest in the freezer – if you didn’t eat it all at once ;)!