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Delightful Dark Chocolate

New Years has come and gone – did you make any health related resolutions? Looking for a way to continue improving your health during the month of chocolate, aka Valentine’s Day? Well you’re in luck!

Chocolate is derived from the cocoa plant, which contains large amounts of antioxidants and minerals. The antioxidants in cocoa are called flavonoids! Antioxidants are great for the body because they neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. Over time, oxidative stress can contribute to the development of various diseases, such as Heart disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Eye disease. Flavanols also benefit two major risk factors for heart disease including: high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

But – all chocolate is not created equal, even though all chocolate is delicious! There is a difference between milk and dark chocolate. Since milk chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, milk and small quantities of cocoa, it contains a lesser amount of antioxidants. Whereas, dark chocolate is rich in ton of minerals, including iron, magnesium and zinc. Did you know it is recommended to eat 1 to 2 ounces or 30-60g of dark chocolate daily? The darker the chocolate (higher percentage of cocoa) means more flavonols, which leads to improved wellness. Dark chocolate also contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in our body. This sweet, yet bitter treat may even improve brain function and prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. So, if you’re leaning towards a chocolaty snack, you may want to choose dark chocolate that includes at least 70 percent of cacao to get that delicious chocolate flavor with more health benefits!

So, enjoy the chocolate holiday and go for the dark chocolate when you’re craving something sweet! Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more health benefits.

Check out these ways to include dark chocolate into your meals and snacks: 

  • Blend rich dark chocolate in your delicious smoothies
  • You can even add chocolate into your oatmeal as well as cereal
  • Add dark chocolate chips to your yogurt
  • Melt dark chocolate and drizzle it on top of fruits
  • Mix melted chocolate into nut butter
  • Have a square (or two) of chocolate for dessert
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  • February 12, 2020

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“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

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“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

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