When I say chocolate I’m speaking specifically of cacao or 100% cocoa in it’s rawest form. It’s full of some pretty impressive health benefits, that make it totally good enough to eat for breakfast.
Good news for anyone who likes chocolate with their coffee: A surprising new study from Tel Aviv University found that dieters who include a small dessert item as part of a balanced breakfast will lose more weight, and keep it off in the long run better, as compared to dieters who take a more traditional approach.
King of antioxidants
Cacao contains a higher amount of antioxidants than acai berries, blueberries and spinach. These antioxidants protect the heart, prevent cell damage and keep us looking youthful.
Magnesium is essential for a range of activities including bone, protein and fatty acid formation, and it’s a mineral that many of us don’t get enough of. Cacao is a great source of magnesium, which may also be useful in the prevention of or treatment for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes.
It makes you blissfully happy
And not just because it’s delicious. Cacao contains the amino acid tyrptophan, which produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes a sense of wellbeing.
And makes you feel all loved-up
Phenylethylamine, the same brain chemical that’s release when we experience deep feelings of love, is found in cacao. Now you know why when you feel a little heartbroken that some chocolate (temporarily) fills the void.
Where To Use
Start the day with carbs – and chocolate – by folding chips, cocoa, or even chocolate spread into your favorite breakfast bread or muffin. Mix some chocolate chips or cocoa into your favorit baked oatmeal recipe, pop it in a casserole and get ready for breakfast perfection. Stir some cocoa into a day-starting quinoa bowl before topping it with fresh berries. Mix cocoa powder into your favorite smoothie bowl. Slip a scoop of cocoa powder or even a dollop of good chocolate sauce into your favorite smoothie. Try chocolate, peanut butter, and frozen banana.