By: Lilli Rozanski MS, RDN, LDN, Sports and Fitness Dietitian, Thibodaux
Regional Medical Center
It’s no coincidence that Valentine’s Day falls in the month
that focuses on heart health. When you think of Valentine’s Day,
for most people, the first thing that pops into their mind is chocolate.
According to a growing amount of research, chocolate can help lead to
better heart health.
Chocolate, especially dark, contains a plethora of nutrients including
antioxidants (which help reduce inflammation), magnesium and iron. One
study found that habitual chocolate consumers had a lower risk of coronary
heart disease and stroke compared to those who didn’t eat chocolate.
Although dark chocolate does have good health benefits, it is high in
calories. If wanting to include chocolate in your diet, choose at least
60%-70% dark chocolate and consume 1 ounce maximum per day to help keep
calories and saturated fat in check.
Check out these 5 recipes that can help make your Valentine’s Day
a little healthier!
Avocado Chocolate Mousse from Heart and Bowl
Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles from Ambitious Kitchen
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from HealthyRecipesBlogs
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes from Recipe Runner
Omega Chocolate Bars from A Healthy Life for Me