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Indulge Without a Bulge

By Chidirim Ndeche 07 July 2017   |   7:00 am

In celebration of World Chocolate Day, you may be tempted to over-indulge in rich, calorie-packed chocolate cakes or a triple delight chocolate ice-cream. But we have a few delicious treats for you that will help keep you, and your fit body, in check. The best thing about these treats is that they are super healthy.

Flourless chocolate cake

This recipe is perfect for chocolate lovers, even people who can’t have gluten! It is also great for entertaining, and deceptively easy to make.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Why have normal cookies when you can have healthy chocolate chip cookies? This recipe focuses on using dark chocolate and oats to make the perfect chocoholic snack.

Hot Chocolate

There’s nothing like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold, rainy day. Most packet mixes clock in around 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 24 grams of sugar. Here is a homemade hot chocolate recipe you totally should try.

Chocolate Ice-cream

This recipe uses bananas and two other ingredients. It is easy to make and provides two methods of preparation: for hard-scoop ice-cream and soft-scoop ice cream.

Flourless Brownie

You can also enjoy this one-minute flourless brownie that only uses 3 ingredients to make. It is moist, delicious and, of course, chocolatey.

Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

With this recipe, you get the best of both worlds: a hit of caffeine and a boost of nutrients. Coffee lovers will definitely like this recipe. If you want the mixture to be a bit more frothy, then add more coffee. If it’s too much caffeine, then add more milk.

Chocolate-covered Strawberries

As a treat, and not a means to indulge, you can have a couple of strawberries covered in chocolate. For a healthier alternative, skip out on the white chocolate in this recipe and use dark chocolates for more antioxidants and less calories. Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate can contribute to your fruit intake and offer some health benefits due to the nutrients in the chocolate and the berries. However, you should consume them in moderation as a treat, and not as a regular part of your diet.

Dark Chocolate Bar

Or you could just snack on a small dark chocolate bar. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, has the potential to prevent cancer and protect from diseases, improves heart health and cognitive function, and is good for the overall cholesterol profile, blood sugar and blood pressure.

So, enjoy your holiday and stay healthy!

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