What are Dark Chocolates?
Chocolates are made from cocoa seeds or cocoa beans. Cocoa beans grow in pods and each cocoa pod contains approximately 40 cocoa beans. In a year, 500-900 chocolate bars produced from one cocoa tree. There are two types of chocolates available in the market: Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.
Milk Chocolates are made with cocoa beans and milk or condensed milk to reduce bitter taste. These chocolates are not healthy as it contains more fat, calories, sugar and less cocoa.
Dark Chocolates are the purest form of chocolate and it does not contain milk and sugar which make it healthy and beneficial for weight loss. These chocolates are very famous for its health benefits and easily available at your local grocery stores.
How Dark Chocolates Helps to Lose Weight?
Dark Chocolates helps to cut cravings and decrease body fat. Dark chocolate can also be helpful for women who have difficulties with emotional eating or food addiction. It can help satisfy cravings for both sweet and fatty foods and contains a feel-good compound called PEA which may also help improve mood. Because of its rich flavor and low level of sugar, it’s difficult to eat too much, especially at percentages higher than 80%. Dark Chocolates are the best stress buster and help to fight anxiety and mood swings. Eating chocolates 15 minutes before a meal helps to suppress your appetite.
- Controls Appetite
- Cut Cravings
- Improve Metabolism
- Great Stress Buster
- Reduces Inflammation
- A Great Source of Antioxidants
- Dark Chocolates are Nutritious
- Improves Blood Flow
- Lower Down Blood Cholesterol
Do you know chocolate contains a high amount of fiber and it helps to keep your appetite in check and increase the feeling of satiety? One dark chocolate contains around 15% of your daily recommended intake. I am not saying replace oatmeal or broccoli with dark chocolate but you can eat a good amount of dark chocolate to boost the weight loss process. Eating dark chocolates delay your hungry feeling and make you feel full for longer time.
Having sweet tooth is very common and craving for sweet while losing weight is a major hurdle but don’t worry now you can treat yourself with dark chocolate. Dark Chocolates are really good to eat in weight loss journey. Dark chocolates are a bit bitter in taste but delicious and nutritious. From now eat a piece of dark chocolate daily or occasionally to satisfy your sweet cravings.
Dark Chocolates helps to improve your metabolism which is very important for weight loss. The monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) in dark chocolate boost your metabolism which stimulates your body to burn fat.
Great Stress Buster
Chocolates are known for producing feel-good hormone and eating a bar of chocolate can help to reduce stress. Stress triggers weight gain because it causes your cortisol levels to spike, increasing appetite and encouraging you to eat based on emotions rather than physical need—both of which result in overeating. If you can manage your stress levels, you can better control what you put in your mouth. Eating dark chocolate increases serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, which helps alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety and boost your mood.
Dark chocolates for Weight Loss – Recipes
Dark Chocolate Fudgsicles
- 3 small avocados
- 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 C – 3/4 C pure maple syrup
- dash vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- 3/4 C plain almond milk
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee dissolved in a little almond milk
- Cut avocados in half, remove the stone and scoop the fruit out with a spoon. Place in a blender or food processor. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender with the avocado and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour into popsicles molds and freeze until solid. Run under warm water to loosen from the molds and enjoy!
Paleo Friendly Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
- 1 10-12oz package of Paleo friendly chocolate. I made 2 versions. In one I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips which are soy free, dairy free and nut free. The other I used Whole Foods brand 72% Dark Chocolate bars because they are also soy free and have a higher cocoa content. My kids prefer the taste of enjoying life because it is not as dark as the 72% cocoa bars. Each batch made 12 mini-cupcake sized cups.
- About 1 cup of almond butter (or any nut or seed butter you prefer) I make my own almond butter but any store bought butter that does not contain icky oils or preservatives will work. Honestly, nut butter and nut milk are so easy to make, that homemade is a much better option than store bought.
- Optional: 1 tbs of coconut oil to blend with your chocolate (just introduces some good MCT oil to add to the healthfulness of your chocolate)
Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 1/4 cups dried cherries
- 1 1/4 cups dates
- .5 T raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup almonds (I prefer roasted but can use raw)
- 1/2 cup puffed millet (puffed rice would work too)
- 1/4 cup quality dark chocolate (I used 70%)
How to Cook
- In a food processor or blender mix together cashews, cherries, dates and cacao powder until it forms into a ball.
- Place the ball in a large bowl and add almonds and puffed millet.
- With hands mix until all ingredients are combined.
- In a 9 x 9 dish lined with plastic wrap add mixture and press down with fingers until flat. Or use an adorable mini rolling pan like I did!
- Place dish in the freezer for 15 mins.
- While bars are in the freezer melt the dark chocolate.
- After 15 mins remove bars from the dish by pulling up the plastic wrap and cut into 12. Drizzle dark chocolate and let bars sit until chocolate has hardened.
Paleo Raw Chocolate Mousse
- 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for a couple of hours minimum, strained
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1/2 cup berries of choice, I used a frozen cherry/raspberry/blueberry combo
- 1/2 cup coconut oil softened
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao
- 1/4 cup honey or favorite low carb sweetener
- 8 drops liquid stevia or more to taste
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor.
- Puree until super smooth and no fruit pieces are detectable. This will happen in one high powered blender cycle and longer with a food processor. Let your taste-buds tell you…think silky!
- Be sure to taste for sweetness. Since cutting out cane sugar, I use much less sweetener than I used to, so again, taste to make sure it is what YOU are looking for!