It’s February and we all know what that means. It is time for romance, love, and most importantly CHOCOLATE!!!!! Every February we are either welcoming of joyful anticipation that our mate or significant other will do something special for us, proclaiming everything that has to do with love, or we simply just ignore this season of romance and love all together.

Whichever side you end up on this February, just know that it is about you fulfilling all the desires of your taste buds while still maintaining a healthy balance that does not make you regret your dietary decisions.

Did you know that chocolate is derived from a plant? Yes!

The inside of a cocoa tree is what aids in the production of chocolate. Now this does not mean that you should omitt consuming green leafy vegetables or smoothies from your diet. But knowing the origin will make us all feel better the next time we indulge in our next binge.

I have compiled alternative ways that will aid in your enjoyment for chocolate this month!

Dark Chocolate

Now I know most people prefer milk or white chocolate, but please do not exclude dark chocolate from your list! It is known to be rich in antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. These health benefits can aid in lowering your risk of having heart disease. Next time you are in the store, pick it up and try it. I can guarantee you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of your sweet treat benefiting your health.

Chocolate Flavored Coffee/Tea

It’s the winter time. Who doesn’t love to drink something warm in the cold weather? Imagine how much more enjoyable it is with adding in the flavor of chocolate! This option allows you to still curb that chocolate craving while decreasing the calorie consumption.

Chocolate Flavored Candy

Who doesn’t love candy? Because there are so many variations of chocolate candy, it is simply hard to resist! This is my point. The variation is a great way to enjoy chocolate in moderation. One bar or lollipop consists of less calories than a whole bag of chocolate.

Cocoa Powder

In its unsweetened form, cocoa powder is known to “contain essential minerals that support your heart, bones, and immune system” per WebMD. For me, cocoa powder is a great addition to smoothies, or vegan cookies that you would love to add a special chocolate flavor to!

Everywhere we go it seems chocolate is taking over our lives. Chocolate roses, hearts, bars, and we cannot forget about cakes. So it’s simple to see, there are so many various items that one can dip or combine with chocolate. And for those who give into temptation easily, this can be dangerous.

We are living in an economy that can make you feel convinced that if you do not try all these new innovative creations you will be missing out. Or maybe you are like me and resist it at all cost to maintain your healthy eating habits. Therefore, not only can it be satisfying for you, but also for your body too to maintain an adequate healthy balance.

What counts is learning and understanding the options of enjoying the things you like.

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April Christina is a health and wellness blogger that resides in New York City. After being diagnosed with endometriosis back in 2010, she decided to turn her passion into purpose by educating people that adopting a healthier lifestyle can be fun and invigorating. April is a firm believer that loving yourself and your body comes from within first before it can be shown outwardly. She continues to inspire people on her website and Instagram platform @endoNme.
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