Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dark Chocolate - a healthy treat?

Hey everybody. Happy Valentines Day! I hope ya'll are enjoying it with someone you truly care about today. Well, being that it is valentines day we decided to mix it up and give ya'll the up side to having that sweet chocolate treat this valentines day. Did ya'll know that dark chocolate, not white or milk chocolate, but dark chocolate has some health benefits to it? Dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant, which helps get rid of free radicals and therefore helps fight against heart disease. Dark chocolate can also help lower blood cholesterol. These are two great reasons to enjoy that little treat on valentines day. Here is a recipe for a chocolate fondue that we found on sparkpeople.com.  Enjoy this with fresh cut fruit for a nutritious dessert!

2/3 cup fat free evaporated milk
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
3 cups mini marshmallows

Break the chocolate into small chunks. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until all the marshmallows melt and the mixture becomes smooth. Poor into a fondue pot and serve with fresh fruit.

*Recipe makes 12 quarter cup servings

*By choosing a darker chocolate and fat-free evaporated milk,you can cut the calories of this chocolate dip in half! Use bite-size marshmallows to ease the melting process.

Calories per serving = 88.8, Grams of fat per serving = 3.5, Grams of protien = 1.2, Grams of Carbohydrates = 14.7

Here is the link to this website with the recipe if ya'll would like to check that out too.

Happy Valentines Day! <3

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