All the latest research studies on superfoods have found that dark chocolate and raw cacao have many of the same weight loss benefits as other decadent superfoods including:
The best chocolate you can eat is raw cacao powder and there are various ways you can incorporate it into your diet including smoothies, puddings, and no bake superfoods brownies which I have yet to try. Get started with my chocolate superfood pudding recipe or simply do a search for raw cacao recipes and you will be amazed at the thousands of treats you can make!!
Chocolate superfood pudding recipe: soak 1 tbsp chia seeds in 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk for 5 min. Pour into a blender then add 1 scoop chocolate superfood powder and 1/2 cup cherries or berries if you prefer. Blend until very smoothe then pour into a glass or ceramic container and refrigerate for an hour before eating. You can also add chocolate whey protein to this to make it even healthier (see below).
Another option is to have 1.6 oz a day of healthy chocolate at least 65% dark cocoa or raw cacao. This type of chocolate is actually very easy to find at your local health food markets or online.
I've tried a few of these and they just don't satisfy my chocolate cravings so when I need a healthy chocolate bar I stick with the green superfood chocolate bar.
Want to maximize the effects of healthy chocolate then be sure to have it with organic chocolate whey protein. The easiest way to do this is with a chocolate whey chocolate superfood smoothie like the delicious mocha smoothie pictured here.
Mocha smoothie recipe: Soak 1 tbsp chia seeds in 10-12 oz. water for 5 min. then pour into a blender, add 1 ripe banana, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, 1 scoop chocolate superfoods powder and a splash of cold coffee and chocolate almond milk if you like.
Of all the dozens of research studies conducted on chocolate not one found processed chocolate to be beneficial for fat loss so be sure to avoid or at least limit highly processed chocolate or milk chocolate.
Stick with 65% cocoa dark chocolate or the raw cacao powder or beans most of the time and only treat yourself occasionally and in moderation to: chocolates such as Hershey's M&M, Sees, Ferrero Rocher, or those huge tubs of premium chocolate from the membership warehouses that are chock-full of calories and processed sugar.
Not only does processed chocolate have the complete opposite effect of dark chocolate, it also spikes blood sugar, causes cravings, inhibits sugar metabolism, and adds pounds and years to your body.