dark chocolate health benefits

You know this already so you know we're not making it up: Dark chocolate is good for you. Like, really scientifically good for you: dark chocolate with more than 70 percent cacao has less of the added fat and sugar of milk chocolate and is full of antioxidant flavanoids that can help regulate stress hormones and blood sugar levels, as well as possibly reduce the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer, asthma, and type 2 diabetes.

Everything in moderation (sadly), but instead of a plain old square (or 3) of good dark chocolate after dinner, here are 5 already-healthy things that you can dip into dark chocolate that will make them even healthier (and way tastier):

1. Dark chocolate covered-strawberries (with pistachios) (and hazelnuts).

dark chocolate health benefits

(via www.thefitcook.net)

 2. Dark chocolate-covered frozen banana pops.

(Via Ellie Krieger/www.foodnetwork.com) 

3. Dark chocolate-covered popcorn with sea salt. (Note: this one required a link, a photo, and a YouTube embed. You're welcome.)

dark chocolate health benefits

(via Greenkitchenstories.com)

4. Dark chocolate-dipped cherries. (Eat them for the anthocyanins.) 

dark chocolate health benefits

5. Dark chocolate-dipped veggies. (Broccoli. Baby carrots. Asparagus. [Personally we'd skip the mini-radishes, but....])

dark chocolate health benefits

(via www.makeit-loveit.com)