dark chocolate.

Recently, a health-conscious friend of mine was lamenting to me how she just can’t give up having a sweet after dinner every day. My solution for that is always dark chocolate. She was overjoyed (as any reasonable chocolate-lover would be). Yes – you can still enjoy sweets when you’re eating well! Dark chocolate in particular is pretty incredible because… well, it’s chocolate. Duh. Okay, but really, it has lower sugar content as sweets go, and some great health benefits as well!

I was reminded of this incident while grocery shopping and looking at, of all things, soup. I’m currently on a no-added-sugar eating plan, and I was shocked to find that most of the soups had at least 8 or 9 grams of added sugar in a serving! Sure enough, “organic cane sugar” was the second ingredient. But surely, if supposedly healthy soup contains this much sugar… there can be no problem with a little dark chocolate!

If plain dark chocolate is getting a little boring, make your own chocolates by melting some dark chocolate down on low heat in a double boiler (I like to use a Pyrex cup, since it is heat-resistant, in a saucepan full of water). Stir in a drop of peppermint essential oil, a handful of chopped almonds or walnuts, dried cranberries… the possibilities are endless.

and remember: dark chocolate is always the answer.

awe and wonder.

sometimes this thing we call the human body is quite the mystery. the more I learn, the more amazed I am. but there are so many surprises along the way. like who knew that dark chocolate actually helps keep healthy bacteria in your gut?? amazing.

what is one thing you have always wondered about health and wellness? leave a comment below!