(WellnessPursuits.com) – Dark chocolate has many proven health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, higher HDL, reduced risk of heart disease and improved brain function. Healthy can also be marvelous if you choose any of these:
1. Taza Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond
Taza Chocolate’s Sea Salt & Almond packs cocoa beans, cane sugar, almonds, cocoa butter, vanilla beans and sea salt into their 80% dark stone ground organic chocolate bar. One serving contains 200 calories, 13 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar, 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.
2. Lindt EXCELLENCE Mild 70%
Lindt’s EXCELLENCE Mild 70% dark chocolate bar is crafted with carefully selected cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla. One serving has 190 calories, 14 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, 2.5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. The Lindt Excellence also has flavored chocolate, including pink grapefruit, raspberry, lime and coconut. The nutritional information for these varies.
3. Endangered Species’ Panther Strong + Velvety Dark Chocolate
Endangered Species, which is available at Whole Foods and Kroger, has a sustainable business model that supports conservation efforts worldwide. Their Panther Strong + Velvety Dark Chocolate bar is 88% cocoa and also contains hints of fruit and spice. Every serving contains 180 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugar — making it the lowest sugar option on this list.
4. Hu Kitchen’s Salty Dark Chocolate
Hu Kitchen’s Salty Dark Chocolate bar is 70% dark chocolate, completely vegan and dairy-free. It is made with house-ground cocoa and sea salt. The nutritional information is as follows: 180 calories, 13 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
5. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar has a smooth texture and slightly fruity flavor. Created with just five ingredients, the chocolate bar boasts 85% cocoa and 250 calories, 20 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein per serving.
6. Pure7 80% Cacao Dark Chocolate
Pure7’s 80% Cocoa Dark Chocolate bar, which is also available in 100% cocoa, contains organic honey, cocoa liquor, cocoa powder and cocoa butter. It has 160 calories per serving along with 9 grams of fat, 6.5 grams of sugar, 5.5 grams fiber and 4 grams of protein.
7. Raaka Pink Sea Salt
Raaka’s Pink Sea Salt chocolate bar is made with unroasted dark chocolate (71% cocoa). It has a rich, dark flavor with just a hint of cherry. It’s the lowest calorie option on this list — coming in at 133 calories — and it contains 9 grams of fat, 9 grams of sugar, 3 grams fiber and 2 grams of protein per serving.
It’s true! Chocolate can be healthy as long as you choose the right bar. Avoid treats packed with fat, sugar, milk and artificial ingredients. Opt instead for dark-chocolate bites that deliver all the health benefits and none of the guilt. The only question that remains is: which marvelous, healthy chocolate will you try first?
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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