beauty food | dark chocolate
Highly regarded as the best quality, dark chocolate is traditionally made with Dutch-processed cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cream, refined sugar and additives. Its quality is measured by the % of cocoa solids (higher the better and with it increased bitterness). Now we are seeing cleaner, organic, dairy free, additive free, less sugar or the use of unrefined sugars (eg coconut nectar), and even raw cocoa variations which have amazing flavour and retain the intrinsic nutrients of the cacao.
Flavonols, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, selenium, phenylethylamine and theobromine
Keeps you looking and feeling great with a boost of flavonols. These are antioxidants help fight against free radicals, preserving a youthful, bright complexion. They also work to protect your skin from the suns damaging UV rays while helping maintain its elasticity. Dark chocolate can help minimise collagen breakdown by naturally reducing the amount of stress hormones released. The magnesium helps to relax your body and mind while phenylethylamine is a natural mood enhancer, helping you to stay positive!
Eat as is! Chopped, broken or melted it’s fabulous for baking, making mousse, custards and hot chocolates….or just nibble away!
Look closely when buying chocolate – there are many. Find dark chocolate that contains 70% or more cacao (solids) and ideally organic. This will ensure you are getting the most antioxidants and nutrients possible without additives or too much sugar. Also look for chocolate with natural sweeteners such as stevia which will have a lower GI helping to control blood sugar levels. Or just have a few pieces only and savour the moment.
PRINT TO KEEP HANDY
PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood skin food card to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen
Step 1. Simply click on the skin food image .
Step 2. Then right click and choose ‘Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.
Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6”x4”/10cmx15cm) photo paper.
Step 4. Send to printer for your gorgeous skin food card!
Step 5. Display on your fridge file in a A-Z card box in your kitchen.