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Need a chocolate fix? Try Cocoa nibs

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Is the love of chocolate ruining your diet?

 Chocolate

Satisfy your craving with cocoa nibs!

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What’s a Cocoa nib you ask?

Nibs are the fermented and roasted bean from the Theobroma cacao tree, the source of the sugary delight we know as chocolate. While the Spanish were the first to introduce chocolate to Europe, these beans have been consumed by the Mokaya people since 1900 BC.

Cocoa nibs are at least 70% dark chocolate and have its bitter taste – but the goodness in them is hugely beneficial to our bodies. So you can still get your chocolate fix even when you’re on a health kick!

Here are five health benefits of eating cocoa nibs:

Magnesium – This is something that many people lack – but by having one ounce of bittersweet cocoa nibs, 64 mg of magnesium will be making its way into your body. This helps to strengthen your bones as well as improve nerve and muscle function.
Potassium – By not having enough potassium in your body you can be left open to a higher risk of strokes, arthritis, high blood pressure and more. Eating just one ounce of cocoa nibs will provide your body with 183 mg of potassium.
Fibre – Cocoa nibs are a great source of fibre, contain a whopping 9 g per ounce. Fibre is crucial for helping to control your blood pressure and ensuring regular bowel movements. In fact, nibs have countless nutrients that your body craves: such as calcium, zinc, copper and iron. All of these are important for keeping you healthy and allowing you to enjoy the delicious treats you crave.
Mood booster – As many women out there will know, chocolate is a must when going through a bad break-up or watching a sad film. But cocoa nibs will provide you with just as much of a mood boost as eating a bar of Cadbury’s. It may not look as pretty, but it still does the job!
Tasty – The bitter aftertaste of cocoa nibs can leave you feeling somewhat disappointed if you’re used to the sweetness of chocolate – but there are many ways to make this bean tasty. Try putting it into cookies instead of chocolate chips, or even use it in savoury dishes: you can sprinkle nibs on salad instead of using nuts or seeds.

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Nuts & Apple

Southwest Airlines knew what they were doing when they offered nuts as their free snack.  Nuts are satisfying and curb hunger quickly.  Plus they come in handy little bags.    Make sure you don’t overdo as they are high in calories.  The little SW Airlines pack is a good amount to snack on.  Add an apple to make it more filling

Cheese Stick

Those mozzarella cheese stick we keep on hand for our children make a great low calories, satisfying snack for adults.   Place it in a little bag and keep in your purse or at your desk so you are ready when those hunger pangs hit.  Add an apple to make it more satisfying.

Greek yoghurt & Chia Seeds

Natural yoghurt topped with Chia seeds and a dab of local honey make a great snack.  Look for our next blog on the benefits of Chia Seeds.

Veggie sticks & Hummus

Hummus with veggie sticks make an ideal afternoon snack.  Load a baggie with celery, cucumber & bell peppers.   Hummus is loaded with fiber and protein which helps curb hunger.

Avocado

Avocado is probably the most filling of all the snack.  Pack a whole avocado in a bag with a plastic knife when ready to eat slice the skin, peel it and eat it like an apple right off the seed.

Rice cakes with cottage cheese

 Snack on brown rice cakes topped with cottage cheese topped with  sprinkle of cinnamon and local honey.   The protein in the cottage cheese is satisfying, the cinnamon regulates blood sugar, local honey helps prevent allergies and the rice cake simply give you something to chew on.

Miso soup

In the colder months give organic miso soup a try.  You can find single serving containers which make it easy to pop one in a coffee cup, microwave it and enjoy.    Miso is made from fermented soy beans and taste better than most would expect.

Learn more about healthy eating by enrolling in the HealthyFix Nutrition Course

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