Real treats for your Valentine and you.
This Sunday is Valentine’s Day and that means flowers, teddy bears – and likely a chocolate indulgence. You may already know that chocolate contains special antioxidants called polyphenols. These little powerhouses change how cells function, helping to ignite metabolism and improve health and well-being.
But what you may not know, is that scary substances lurk in some of our most seemingly innocent treats. You may reach for a sugar free or low carb snack or treat once in a while – but stop! Many swap sugar for an artificial sweetener, which is linked to whopping 41 percent of increased risk of weight gain, and that’s just for starters.
Artificial sweeteners trigger high blood sugar, which ultimately leads to fat storage. They’ve also been found, according to a Duke University study, to cut the number of beneficial bacteria in your intestines in half, causing yeast to grow out of control. This growing population of yeast can lead to fatigue, sugar cravings, bloat and even more weight gain. A pretty slippery slope for a Valentine’s Day treat, wouldn’t you say?
Here are my favorite treats for your sweetie (or yourself) this Valentine’s Day.
1) Taza chocolate – Chipotle Chili Chocolate Mexicano Discs
These delicious discs have a chili powder pep that gets the heart racing – and very cute packaging.
2) Salazon Chocolate Co. – 72% Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt
This dark chocolate bar is packed with antioxidants, plus the pink label is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
3) Chocolove – Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate
Superb for those who crave a crunch, this chocolate bar also includes a love letter inside every wrapper.
4) UNI KEY – Chocolate Whey Protein
Your Valentine will think of you long after the holiday has passed every time a delicious, protein-packed smoothie is devoured.
5) ChocoPerfection – Dark Mint Mini-Bars
This gift box contains thirty flirty mini-mint bars that are deliciously “decadent” and have 3 grams of fiber a piece.
6) Allison’s Gourmet – Vanilla-Kissed Strawberry Bark
These heart shaped treats are as festive as they are scrumptious.
I hope Valentine’s Day brings you all the lightness of laughter, the peace of contentment, and the company of kindred and loving spirits.
From my heart to yours.