(BPT) - For many, the new year is an opportunity to commit to making smarter eating decisions, both for health reasons, and for the sake of the planet. Popular resolutions often include reducing sugar intake and even testing out a vegan lifestyle. Making and maintaining these changes, however, is easier said than done, especially when it comes to adjusting your diet.
Not all sweets are created equal
Luckily, if you're looking to eat less sugar, you don’t need to give up chocolate. In fact, the type of chocolate you choose can make a world of difference! For example, dark chocolate is a wonderful option because it's naturally lower in sugar, full of antioxidants and higher in polyphenols, so enjoying a square or two alongside your mid-morning cup of coffee or as a post-lunch treat won't derail your resolutions.
With more than 40 irresistible dark chocolate options, and flavors to satisfy any palate, Chocolove is your one-stop shop for confections to help you maintain better habits, while still indulging your chocolate cravings.
Chocolove uses only top-quality cocoa beans and takes great care through the roasting and grinding process to avoid the need to add excess sugar to dilute the bitterness that can come from lesser-quality beans. This is why even their highest cocoa content bars taste smooth and delicious.
Here are just some of the flavors you can enjoy:
88% Extreme Dark Chocolate: Chocolove's strongest premium Belgian dark chocolate, with 88% cocoa content. This intense chocolate has subtle nuances of fruit notes from a variety of cocoa origins, all balanced in a smooth high cocoa butter content.
Almonds & Sea Salt in 55% Dark Chocolate: Dark semisweet Belgian chocolate with 55% cocoa content combines with tantalizingly crunchy almonds and sea salt crystals.
70% Strong Dark Chocolate: A bittersweet Belgian dark chocolate with 70% cocoa content, this bar is crafted to deliver an exceptionally smooth experience that melts into a pleasant cocoa finish.
65% Rich Dark Chocolate: A smooth, bittersweet Belgian dark chocolate with 65% cocoa content, offering slightly sweet and fruity flavor notes that melt effortlessly in your mouth.
Dark chocolate can also mean vegan-friendly
If you're resolving to incorporate more vegan products into your diet this year, many of Chocolove's dark chocolate options are also vegan-friendly, like the new Coconut Bites in Dark Chocolate! These individually wrapped bites are the perfect combination of rich dark chocolate and organic coconut goodness that will delight your taste buds and transport you to a tropical island.
Other vegan-friendly chocolate options include:
Hawaiian Sea Salt in 72% Dark Chocolate: A strong, bittersweet Belgian dark chocolate with 72% cocoa content that combines with Hawaiian Alaea red sea salt to highlight the chocolate's sweetness and enhance its overall flavor, while also providing a delicate, soothing complement to the chocolate.
Raspberries in 55% Dark Chocolate: Tangy raspberry pieces are enveloped in Belgian dark chocolate with 55% cocoa content for a harmonious pairing that bursts with tart fruit flavor.
Ginger Crystallized in 65% Dark Chocolate: Soft sugar-coated chunks of hot-spicy ginger are balanced with a smooth, rich Belgian dark chocolate with 65% cocoa content for a delightfully stimulating taste experience.
Get creative with dark chocolate
If you enjoy smoothie bowls as part of your wellness routine, try out this recipe that combines some of the most popular superfoods with the chocolate you love to help kickstart your morning.
Super Food Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen blackberries
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen acai berries or acai puree
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1–2 servings (3-6 squares) Chocolove 77% Extra Strong Dark Chocolate
Slivered almonds, extra chia and extra berries for texture
1. In a blender, combine frozen berries with juice, banana and chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into a small bowl.
3. Chop 1–2 servings (3-6 squares) of antioxidant-rich Chocolove 77% Extra Strong Dark Chocolate and layer on top of smoothie mixture.
4. Layer extra chia seeds, slivered almonds and extra berries onto smoothie. Enjoy!
With any of these Chocolove bars and bites, you can feel good about what you're eating because they are Non GMO Project Verified, made with traceable cocoa beans and Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning the chocolate is sourced using methods that support social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Chocolove is sold at major retailers nationwide — including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Kroger, Walmart and Sprouts — plus a variety of independent natural retailers, Amazon and at Chocolove.com.