After a stressful day, our tendency is to reward ourselves with a treat, most often, a gooey chocolate dessert. The problem is, once you’ve stopped thinking “I deserve this, I must have it,” the guilt sets in and start counting calories and sugar, thinking “Why did I do that?” Then, not only are you stressed out by your long day, but also by the reward that was supposed to make it better!
It’s time to stop the stress cycle for good. Here are two great ways to indulge in chocolate without the guilt:
1. Choose wisely. First, there is a difference between a cheap chocolate cookie and a good quality dark chocolate. Picking an organic, fair-trade chocolate that is at least 60% cacao ensures you will get the great benefits in cacao (read on to learn what they are!) with the least amount of sugar and chemicals.
2. Let it melt in your mouth. Through amazing chocolate engineering, healthy fats in cocoa butter melt at about 90-93 degrees, a.k.a. the melt-in-your-mouth temperature. Not only do healthy fats help you feel satiated and contribute to better skin and hair, but letting the chocolate melt in your mouth can create a sort of mindful meditation and increase your feelings of well-being and satisfaction.
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