Guilt Free Indulgences

February 14, 2014
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Guilt Free Valentine TreatsCelebrate Valentine’s Day Every Day!

Although synonymous with Valentine’s Day, chocolate alone possesses an alluring mystical quality that enchants us all 24/7.

Its allure has been around for 2,000 years or more. In fact, many centuries ago, cacao beans—from which chocolate is originally derived—were considered so valuable that they were used as a kind of currency.

Now we know that chocolate is actually good for you and especially good for your heart.

Cocoa is a rich source of heart-protective anti-inflammatory compounds called flavonoids. The special type of flavonoids in cocoa are called flavanols. They are superb at preventing fatty substances from turning into plaque in the arteries. They also modulate nitric oxide so crucial to lowering blood pressure and improving insulin sensitivity.

Fabulous Flavanols

Flavanols valiantly protect the arterial wall from buildup created by the undesirable LDLs (low density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol. They are front line powerhouses that strengthen the endothelium lining blood vessels assisting them to relax and contract, resulting in better blood flow and enhanced cognitive functioning.  In addition, by making blood platelets less sticky, cocoa reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.

And, let’s not forget that cocoa is a decent source of magnesium, one of the key minerals for a healthy heart in the first place. For years I have been telling my clients that chocolate cravings may be a sign of magnesium deficiency!

If you want to get the real deal, then obtain the very best high cocoa-content dark chocolate on the market—look at the label for a 70-80 percent or higher cocoa content. We are not talking about milk or white chocolate here or commercial candy bars loaded with fat, waxes, chemicals, or extra sugars.

The Best Whey to Enjoy Chocolate

Knowing the importance of flavanol-rich cocoa for optimum heart health, I worked with the team at UNI KEY to formulate Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein as a daily heart-healthy slimming treat.

I don’t know of any other chocolate protein powder on the market that compares to this one—it contains 100% pure unsweetened Guittard cocoa that boasts the highest flavanol content we could find.

And, it’s made without harsh alkalis that are all too common in other commercial chocolate protein powders.

The Guittard cocoa is then blended into the purest non-denatured (unheated) hormone-free whey protein high in L-Leucine that turns off the hunger hormone while promoting weight loss, lean muscle tissue, and liver health. And besides the incredible health and slimming benefits, I know you’re gonna LOVE the taste.


Chocolate recipes to die(t) for…

Make Valentine’s Day a daily celebration with these Fat Flush lifestyle indulgences.


Chocolate Coconut Delite

Serves 1

4 tbsp shredded coconut
1 scoop Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein
8 oz water

Blend ingredients and freeze to desired consistency and enjoy!




Black Forest Fro-YoBlack Forest Fro-Yo

Serves 1

10 cherries
1 cup plain yogurt
1 scoop Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein
8 oz water

Blend ingredients and freeze to desired consistency and enjoy!

Banana Split Sundae

Serves 1

1 scoop Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein
8 ounces of water
3 large frozen strawberries
1/2 banana
1 teaspoon almond extract

Blend ingredients and freeze to desired consistency and enjoy!


Serves 1

1 cup chilled organic regular coffee
1 scoop Fat Flush Chocolate Whey Protein
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 to 5 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and enjoy!



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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Marie

    I am intolerant of whey (all dairy), so could you tell me how (where) I can get 70-80% cocoa to make smoothies and other deserts…. Thank You marie

  2. Kathleen

    Hi Marie: You can get a 100% organic cocoa powder at your local health food store which would contain 100% cocoa. The 70-80% figure relates to the cocoa content in chocolate bars.

  3. Maria Del Rio

    In your Fat Flush plan you recommend limiting chocolate intake to twice a week. I like to have a tablespoon or 2 every day of raw cacao or bittersweet organic chocolate. I jokingly call it my medicine. Would you please explain why it’s better to limit it to twice a week. Thank you so much. Fat Flush has transformed my diet.

  4. Ann Louise Gittleman

    Dear Maria: Thank you for your question. I limit chocolate intake on the Fat Flush Plan due to its high copper content which can raise estrogen levels in sensitive women. Since hormonal balance is one of the main targets of the program, I have found a number of women over the years who are “copper toxic” and therefore benefit from reducing all sources of dietary copper including chocolate, tea, and soy products.


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