Jun 192014

Why can chocolate help make us skinny?

Chocolate is the number ONE food craved by women – and that’s not a bad thing if you eat the right chocolate.


 This is for all of you that don’t want to drown yourselves in white flour & sugar or butter anymore.  I’ve heard it so many times, “I can’t just have one chocolate (bar) or chocolate chip cookie”.  I’ll admit that I have a “sugar problem” too and have been known to binge on cookies and chocolate, so if you have a sweet tooth like me or a tendency to eat more than “one” cookie, there is a way to still indulge your sweet tooth knowing that it is delicious and nutritious.  I have spent years sifting through recipes and replacing my cookbooks and dessert recipes and have compiled the recipes in this guide to share with you.  It has helped to keep me away from baking cookies or eating sickly chocolate bars.

Eat Chocolate…lose weight??


Chocolate Fills You Up

Because it’s rich in fiber, dark chocolate can actually help keep you full, so you’ll eat less, Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and HuffPost blogger told The Huffington Post. Regular chocolate eaters might do themselves a favor by treating themselves to a bite instead of snacking on “11 other things first” he said.

Researchers suspect the calories in dark chocolate are not like “normal” calories. They appear to make your metabolism work harder, which means they offset the fat that might otherwise have stayed around.
As a result, the metabolic effects of certain ingredients make chocolate a good “slimming” food because it is calorie-neutral, the study reported last month.
“Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight,” study leader Dr Beatrice Golomb, from the University of California at San Diego, said.
“In the case of chocolate, this is good news, both for those who have a regular chocolate habit, and those who wish to start one.”

Previous research has shown that dieters who completely eliminate treats such as chocolate, wine and biscuits  are often more likely to put on weight as they ‘compensate’ by eating more of  other foods.

One study even showed that as many as 65 per cent of those who give up all treats actually end up ballooning in weight.

And there’s more good news for chocoholics, as separate research has also suggested that eating chocolate may help you live longer.

Dark chocolate is full of MUFAs (mono-unsaturated fatty acids); studies show eating a diet high in these healthy fats can rev your metabolism to burn fat and calories. It may also help by curbing cravings for salt, sweet, or fatty diet-wreckers.
According to David Wolfe, “Eating cacao helps one to lose weight – this is why nearly every weight loss product on the market contains cocoa powder – which decreased appetite.”

Chocolate I love to buy when I choose not to make my own….

Living Libations homemade with love chocolate bars!!!

Various Chocolates from Upayanaturals including the Bliss Bars

So, why is a Personal Trainer/Health Advocate talking about chocolate and educating her clients to eat it. Because the chocolate that I am talking about is not a candy, it’s an antioxidant rich nutritionally dense superfood.

Chocolate is derived from the cacao bean (or cacao bean), however, there are many things that can happen along the way to change it from a SUPERFOOD to BADFOOD (a processed product with no nutritional benefits).

When you consume raw or cold-pressed chocolate you are receiving all the antioxidant value, mineral benefits, neurotransmitter rejuvenating properties and overall health-giving qualities. You will not find any of the fillers that are found in your store bought chocolate candy bar. Even some of the dark chocolate that is now filling the grocery shelves has lost its nutritional value due to being heated.

But I don’t buy chocolate bars! Neither did I until I found out that I am far better off consuming this SUPERFOOD than any of my homemade baking, or store bought cookies, cakes, granola bars, low-fat yogurt etc. (P.S. I didn’t eat coriander & kale until I found out about all the great benefits but now I do! Consistently filling your diet with nutrient dense foods will consistently rebuild your cells, push out nutrient deficient foods and lead to a healthier, slimmer YOU)

I am talking about a REAL food with no added chemicals or preservatives. I am talking about high quality nutrition with FANTASTIC benefits.

Cacao means “the food of the gods”. Chocolate isn’t a new invention. In the 1700’s it was so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used cacao beans instead of gold as money. Cortez, who probably introduced Europe to chocolate, wrote: “The divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food”.

Unfortunately, it has been cheapened by “Dutching” and fillers, which has caused it to lose its nutritional value and therefore is viewed as candy and not chocolate. Well, I want to educate you about this SUPERFOOD and its amazing benefits.

For more information on Chocolate, request your very own copy of The Skinny Chocolate packed full of info and recipes!!!

In the meantime, try this great recipe

The Skinny Chocolate Shake

  • ¼ cup unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your own homemade)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 3 pitted chopped dates (medjool dates are best)
  • ½ cup ice
  • (may add a few stevia drops for extra sweetness)

Put everything in your vitamix and blend. ( enter code 06-005828 for free shipping when you click the vitamix link)

Pour and sprinkle with cinnamon

Ready to drink in less than 5 minutes!

or try some Raw Freezer Fudge, yummy.

I’d love to hear what your favourite chocolate treat is….


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