Healthy dark chocolate has a cocoa content of 60-70 percent or higher. Eating 2 ounces (50 grams) a day of plain chocolate with a minimum content of 60 percent chocolate solids, can be beneficial to health – providing protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, and many other health hazards – as well as providing vitamins, and essential trace elements and nutrients such as iron, calcium and potassium.
A 1-1/2-ounce square of chocolate may have as many cancer-fighting antioxidants as a 5-ounce glass of red wine. And chocolate stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation.
Don’t feel guilty, enjoy this delicious snack on special occasion, or as desert after a romantic dinner.
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1 small carton of medium-sized whole strawberries
-Microwave chocolate in a glass bowl, stopping after 30 seconds, then every 10 seconds until almost melted.
-Stir until smooth and glossy.
-Wash strawberries and pat them dry (any moisture from the fruit will spoil the texture of the melted chocolate).
-Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, covering the lower half of the strawberry.
-Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
-Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Per chocolate strawberry
Protein 0.5 grams
Carbs 6.8 grams
Fat 18 grams
Fiber 1.1 grams