…Well, almost always!
I was listeining to KTU this morning..well every morning, but that’s besides the point… and Carolina (whom I LOVE… PS if reading, Cubby, I love you too!!) was talking about eating some dessert before feasting into Thanksgiving dinner. She was talking about in a joking way, but to me I took it serious, because there was some seriousness to her entertaining on air about how we all do sometimes over eat on Thanksgiving. If we eat something sweet first, it may take away some of the craving for food later on, is along the lines of what she said. I automatically texted in saying that she was semi- correct! Because, she was!!
I won’t go as far as to say “go ahead, eat all the pies and cakes you see on the dessert table, but I will say, if some dark chocolate catches your eye- go for that! Dark chocolate has waistline benefits- as it will not add to weight gain, and can even help with weight loss! Now, this is NOT the new go to fad diet, nor will it actually make you lose your goal weight of say 5-10 pounds. But it can help stop you from over eating.
Dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, which will help you feel fuller longer. Having a bite of a good quality, high percentage, dark chocolate before hitting the table for dinner will help you stop over eating because you will feel fuller faster with a smaller amount of food because of the fiber in the piece of chocolate. It also helps reduce stress, which many people face during the holidays. Eating a small piece of the dark chocolate will help reduce the stress and help those who do happen to stress eat not eat as much as they may have.
Other benefits of dark chocolate include anti inflammatory properties, due to the flavanols found cocoa. It can help repair cellular damage and prevent future cellular damge to those who suffer from inflammatory diseases. The flavanols can also help lower blood pressure. It can also boost blood circulation to the brain to help you stay more focused as well as leave you with healthier, smoother skin.
If these aren’t reasons enough, it is also DELISH!! But remember- look for the ORGANIC DARK chocolate, that is at least 70% dark.
Here are two of my favorite dark chocolates… I would love to hear about your favorites!!
My favorite, and 10% of proceeds help endangered wildlife.
Another go-to if I see it. SO tasy and satisfying.
And remember to always eat for your body, it will thank you.
Have a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!! Cheers to the holiday season!