Chocolate is actually good for the skin. You may have heard that chocolate can cause the skin to break out. It is not the chocolate that is causing the skin to break out, but the sugar and processed dairy that it sometimes contains. While I love eating chocolate (see recipes below), I also love to occasionally apply in on my skin in the form of a chocolate sugar scrub. Yes, you can use the sugar to scrub your skin just limit how much you eat!
Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 TBS raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
Melt coconut oil in a double boiler. I like to put a glass pyrex container in a pan of water on low heat until the coconut oil melts.
In a bowl mix the sugar and cocoa powder together. Pour the melted coconut oil over the sugar/cocoa mixture. Save in an empty jar with lid. To use, rub all over face and hands. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse. This will be a luxurious spa like experience and is great for facial parties.
I Love Chocolate
However, since I quit eating sugar I found it very difficult to get my chocolate fix. So, I experimented and came up with some great chocolate recipes with no sugar!
Now there is a misconception that chocolate has a lot of caffeine. There is a very small amount of caffeine, but the energy enhancing effect of chocolate also comes from theobromine.
While caffeine cause a sharp spike in energy and then a crash, theobromine is metabolized slowly. It gently increases energy without a crash.
Chocolate is also very high in magnesium which helps with nerve functions. It also can have a mild laxative effect, help you sleep better and alleviate headaches.
There are several other amazing compounds in chocolate that lower LDL, are great antioxidants and help with depression. Chocolate contains dopamine, serotonin and tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin. We already knew it helped with depression. That's why we eat so much!
Keep in mind that when we talk about the health benefits of chocolate, we aren't referring to the sugar filled, milk based chocolate. In order to get the full health benefits of chocolate, it is best to use raw cacao powder. If you only have basic cocoa powder or baking bars that works, but if you can get the unprocessed kind you will get a great mood elevating effect. Who doesn't need that?
I am currently using raw cacao powder from Ultimate Superfoods. I just started using unprocessed cacao powder, so this is the only brand I have tried and I love it! I don't know if I will try another kind because it is amazing. You can also use cocoa powder wherever it says cacao powder. I have tried two kinds of sugar free chocolate.
The Sacred Chocolate is to die for. It is hands down the best chocolate I have ever had. It is sweetened with maple syrup crystals. It is raw, organic and packed with superfoods. The only downside to this chocolate is the cost. It is very expensive but worth it every once in a while. I had some on my birthday.
It was these chocolates that inspired me to attempt to make my own homemade chocolate. The chocolate I make is very delicious, satisfying and sugar free.
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