It’s Easter season and as far as food is concerned, it’s all about chocolate. Just look around! It’s everywhere!
If your kids are like mine they beg for it every time I try to rush pass the candy aisle. For a lot of people, holidays like Easter prove a difficult time for eating healthy. The good news is that you can still enjoy sweet treats!
This blog gives a quick and easy recipe you can make so you can enjoy some chocolate without the guilt!
Chocolate: Good News!
Chocolate = a food that people avoid when trying to eat healthy because of unhealthy fats. A lot of chocolate products are unhealthy because of all the additional substances, such as sugar.
The good news? Leave out all those unwanted substances and added sugar by making your own chocolate at home with unprocessed cocoa powder!
Its rich chocolate flavor has virtually no sugar and little fat. In addition, it is highly nutritious and provides many health benefits that helps fight chronic disease.
Cocoa: Health Benefits
Cocoa is a good source of the minerals magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, and manganese; plus some of the B Vitamins. They are high in flavonoids which are strong antioxidants that help maintain healthy blood flow and blood pressure. Flavanols help make blood platelets less likely to stick together and cause blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes – without the negative side effects associated with the use of aspirin.
Did you know it can also improve blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, improve blood vessel health, help with insulin sensitivity, and even improve your cholesterol levels?
Cocoa also helps keep us from feeling depressed, helps with cognitive thinking, stress, mental alertness, and even helps with increased feelings of fullness, which can help with weight loss.
The nutritional benefits to using unsweetened cocoa powder make it a great substance to use A LOT! And, lots of creative ways exist to use it on a daily basis. Today, I am going to share with you a simple recipe I came up with to help you during those moments you crave chocolate. There is nothing worse than feeling deprived. With all the benefits of cocoa, it’s time to enjoy chocolate once again!
In preparation for Easter, I wanted to create a healthy chocolate treat for my children. I have to admit it was no easy task. Many different recipes later, I finally tweaked it and came up with my own. I was happy with the end result and so were the kids!
One of the struggles I encountered: all the recipes used coconut oil. Although I love coconut oil, I didn’t want to use it for this recipe as it would melt outside of the refrigerator. After much research, I discovered cacao butter, a great alternative to coconut oil! It doesn’t not melt and makes some beautiful handmade chocolates.
This simple treat means Easter (and sweet tooth) survival! Say goodbye to feeling deprived and get ready to enjoy some delicious chocolate on Easter!
Easter Dark Chocolate Lollipops
I’m Monica Cruz-Weaver owner and founder of Add a Little Dazzle. I am a wife to an amazing husband and mother to four children. My goal is to share my passion for healthy eating and crafting with inspiration for every occasion because there’s always a reason to celebrate.
Professionally, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Bilingual Education) from Arizona State University.
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