Chocolate And Apples: A Marriage Made in Heaven

Delicious on their own, but together this duo pack a punch of health benefits

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Eating chocolate with your apples can up the nutritional benefits—twist our arm...

Updated Jul 25, 2018 @ 10:44 am

Who doesn’t love a great mashup, especially one with chocolate? It’s no longer a secret that chocolate has many health benefits. And here’s more good news: When you pair chocolate with another food that’s bursting with nutrition—apples—you get even more health benefits, particularly for the heart.

The cocoa found in dark chocolate is full of catechins, a type of antioxidant that helps prevent the hardening of arteries and can help weight loss. Meanwhile apples, and particularly the skin, contain quercetin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Together, this sweet pair can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues, including plaque build-up in your arteries that leads to heart attacks.

Apples and chocolate go great together
An apple a day just got a lot tastier.

Just be sure to buy organic apples and dark chocolate without too much sugar. One brand we like is Lulu’s Chocolate, a fair trade, vegan, soy- and gluten-free brand made with lower-glycemic coconut sugar, but there are plenty of good ones out there. Have a few squares alongside your apple slices for a treat that’s satisfying and good for your ticker—or combine the dynamic duo in the smoothie below.

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

  • Serves: 2
  • Total Time:5
  • Active Time:5
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 whole organic apples (any variety), cored and chopped
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • A pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and mix on high until smooth, about a minute or so.
Note:

Vary the flavors in this luscious smoothie with different nut butters and apple varieties.