Day 12- Chocolate is a good thing!
Throughout the challenge we talked about antioxidants, those compounds found in whole foods that “POW” out or neutralize the bad guys – the free radicals and prevent oxidative stress! Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that have only one electron instead of two. They scavenge around looking for electrons to steal, damaging cells along the way. Foods that are rich in antioxidant are those that provide the needed oxygen molecule and squelch the free radicals. We also discussed the ORAC scale, and guess what food is at the top of the list? Chocolate!
Yes, chocolate is on the list! Now don’t get too carried away here and think that we are suggesting that you eat Snickers bars every day to reach your heath goals. When you add milk fat and sugar to the chocolate you neutralize the benefits. The antioxidants in chocolate come from regular (not Dutch processed) cocoa. Cocoa contains flavonoids, which are increased even more when heated. An occasional cup of “real” hot cocoa is a good thing. Dark chocolate is also great (70% or higher).
Today’s challenge: try some dark chocolate or cocoa powder in your diet. Some ideas
- Add some to your chia pudding recipe
- Mix a tablespoon of raw cocoa powder into your morning smoothie
- Stir into your natural almond or peanut butter and dip apple slices in it for a healthy and delicious snack
- Sprinkle over your Greek yogurt
- You can find some additional ways here
Check out this recipe for Mocha Chocolate Chunk Chia Seed Brownies– Healthy and delicious!