High antioxidant foods like dark chocolate can positively affect the mood by stimulating the production of endorphins, the hormones responsible for feelings of happiness. We think this is another great excuse to eat more chocolate! Make it healthier with our dark chocolate strawberry smoothie, which is sweetened naturally with bananas and blended with fresh strawberries, chocolate, and strawberry kefir for the ultimate mood booster.
Healthy Just Got Decadent
Dark chocolate is not only tasty but is rich in health benefits! Based on its abundance of antioxidants, dark chocolate can positively affect the mood by stimulating the production of endorphins which result in that happy feeling. Our favorite treat has also been shown to:
- Reduce stress levels
- Strengthen gut health (hello, healthy digestion!)
- Boost Immunity
- Improve Heart Health
- Reduce Blood Pressure
It’s important to keep in mind that while dark chocolate is healthy, you should still watch your portions. (Moderation is key – too much of anything is rarely a good thing.) We recommend looking for dark chocolate that’s organic, fair trade, non-GMO, with the highest percent of cocoa. Always check the label and be sure you see cocoa (beans or powder) and cocoa butter/oil. When looking for something sweeter, look for chocolate treats with unrefined sugar.
In terms of micronutrients, dark chocolate is surprisingly high in quite a few important nutrients, compounds, and minerals, including:
- Phosphorus, zinc, and selenium (in smaller amounts)
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
- Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend on med-high until well combined
- Garnish with mini chocolate chips.