With Valentine’s Day upon us it’s nice to have healthier sweets for your sweetheart that say, “I love you AND I want you to be healthy.” Few desserts are as irresistible as chocolate. Instead of buying something highly processed from the store, try making one of these easy chocolate-rich recipes. These treats are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth, while benefiting your body.
Don’t be afraid of the dark! Dark chocolate with a 70 percent cocoa content or higher contains more health benefits and less sugar than milk chocolate varieties.
- Dark Chocolate Covered Berries
- Dark Chocolate Mousse
- Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Brownies
- Raw Cacao Cashew Cookies
- No-Bake Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free Brownies
- Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Strawberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate
- Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
- Dr. Axe’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake
- Dr. Axe’s Chocolate-Caramel Coconut Flour Brownies
- Dr. Axe’s Chocolate Fondue
- Nom Nom Paleo Coco Nutty Dark Bark
- Nom Nom Paleo Chocolate Truffles
- Against All Grain’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
- Against All Grain’s Paleo Chocolate Caramels
Best Dark Chocolate Bars
If you’re short on time, below are my three favorite dark chocolate bars. I absolutely love Alter Eco. They focus on “Nourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field” and use very high quality, flavorful ingredients.
- Alter Eco Dark Blackout with an 85 percent creamy cacao content
- Alter Eco Dark Salted Brown Butter dark chocolate with pastured butter and sea salt
- Alter Eco Deep Dark Sea Salt with a 70 percent cacao content
- Lowers risk of stroke & heart disease.
- Boosts heart health by decreasing blood pressure.
- Reduces cravings & provides high satiation.
- Increases insulin sensitivity & reduces diabetes risk.
- Protects skin with antioxidants.
- Quiets coughs by relaxing the vagus nerve.
- Improves mood & reduces stress.
- Increases circulation with blood-thinning properties.
- Improves vision by increasing blood flow to the retina.
- Increases blood flow to the brain to enhance mental performance.
Pink & Red Foods to Include
Here’s a list of healthy pink and red foods to include on your Valentine’s Day Menu:
Apples, beets, cherries, grapefruit, pomegranate, raspberries, red cabbage, red chard, red grapes, red kidney beans, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, red wine, rhubarb, salmon, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon. These colorful foods get their pigment from antioxidants, such as lycopene, resveratrol and anthocyanins. Antioxidants help protect the body against oxidative damage to decrease inflammation, reduce signs of aging, decrease your risk of disease, and support overall health.
Sample Valentine’s Day Menu
Breakfast: wild salmon with poached eggs, sliced tomatoes and hollandaise sauce
Lunch: mixed greens salad with free-range chicken, sliced strawberries, chopped walnuts and goat cheese
Dinner: grass-fed steak with roasted red potatoes, caramelized red onions, kale and red wine
Dessert: Raw Cacao Cashew Cookies