Looking for something special to surprise your honey with on Valentine’s Day? Nothing says “I love you” as sweetly as a bar or box of chocolates… dark chocolate, that is.
This time of year, chocolate is a relatively healthy, thoughtful and popular gift. We Americans each eat about 10 pounds of it each year, while the Swiss consume nearly double that amount per capita annually.
Besides pleasing your taste buds, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and minerals that have been shown to:
Help lower the risk for developing heart disease
Improve blood pressure
Reduce LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol
Increase blood flow to the brain
Improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity
Sure, flowers are pretty, jewelry is flashy and a fashionable new article of clothing makes a statement about you. But if you want to give something that tastes great and is packed with goodness for your body and your mind…why not celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day (or any day) by giving him or her just what the doctor ordered to enhance your heart and brain health?
It could be a dark chocolate “kiss,” a crunch-worthy bar or variety box. Any way at all, your Valentine will be happy because you cared enough to give a heathy sweet treat on this holiday of love.