It’s almost the most romantic day of the year (for some people!), and what better way to show your love for that special somebody, or even your family and friends, than to make a delicious, chocolatey sweet treat for Valentine’s Day?
Chocolate is associated with indulgence, luxury and romance, but in its raw form, it packs some serious health benefits too.
I use rather a lot of chocolate in my recipes, in the form of raw cacao powder, and I absolutely love dark chocolate. But what most don’t realise is that chocolate, in its unprocessed form, is one of the most powerful foods there is for good health and vitality.
Amongst its many anti-ageing elements, raw cacao is brimming with antioxidant flavonoids to reduce free radicals in the body. It’s also a rich source of magnesium, a key detoxification mineral which also aids your bones in absorbing calcium. In fact, it is one of the best sources of magnesium found in nature. Millions of women around the world crave a chocolate fix at that certain hormonal time of the month, and it can often be because your body is craving magnesium. So no better reason to give into your choccy cravings!
It also boasts impressive levels of calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulphur and potassium. A superfood indeed.
Here, I’ve compiled some of my fave chocolate treats as inspiration for February 14th…
Oh, and did I mention that cacao is also believed to be a potent natural aphrodisiac?! 😉