Unlike most chocolate, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols such as epicatechin, which is found in green tea and wine. It’s also good to reduce inflammation – a good post-workout snack? Maybe… or a good excuse to eat dark chocolate.
Research has shown that a mere 30 calories a day of dark chocolate results in a small but important reduction in blood pressure. Combined with the olive oil in this recipe, you’ll also get plenty of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & Pretzels
PREP TIME: 10 Minutes + 5 Mins in the fridge
- 1/2 lb of Dark Chocolate (Either chips or baking)
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil (Or Veggie)
- Box of Strawberries
- Bag of Long-Stick Pretzels (Preferably Whole-Wheat)
Melt the chocolate with the oil in the microwave. Heat it in 10-second intervals and stir in between. The oil keeps the chocolate shiny. Dip the fruit or pretzels in the melted chocolate so that they’re two-thirds covered. Place them on waxed paper and then refrigerate for 5 minutes.
Per Serving (1 Chocolate Dipped Strawberry)
30 Calories * 0g Protein * 4g Carbs *2.5g Fat