Dark Chocolate …
Are you and your sweetie indulging in dark chocolate this Valentine’s Day? Turns out dark chocolate may benefit your heart in a few different ways. In addition to being an aphrodisiac, dark chocolate contains heart-smart flavonoids that may help lower blood pressure and play a role in cardiovascular health. So indulge without the guilt! Just keep portions small and slowly savor every morsel – because, as with all chocolate, dark chocolate is high in fat and calories.
My favorite dark chocolate ideas for a decadent Valentine’s Day …
- Dipped. Dark chocolate-dipped strawberries. A classic romantic dessert that is quick and simple to make at home. Or try dark chocolate-dipped dried apricots or walnuts. Only dip half of the apricot or walnut for the most attractive presentation.
- Sundae for Two. Indulge in two scoops of light vanilla bean ice cream topped with pomegranate arils and shaved dark chocolate. This indulgent sundae requires two spoons.
- Paired with Fruit & Cheese. Place a few squares of high quality dark chocolate on a small plate with pistachios, grapes, dried apricots and your favorite cheese. Champagne or red wine optional.
Jennifer Shea Rawn, MS, MPH, RD
Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.