How could something so good get such a bad reputation? Most commercial chocolate, especially milk chocolate, is loaded with sugar, but cocoa has loads of health benefits on its own. It can improve insulin resistance -- important for controlling weight -- and has all sorts of trace minerals and flavonoids, which are good for cardiovascular health.
They're not just for guacamole, though that's not a bad way to eat them -- according to experts, they're great for keeping you satiated after eating them. Spread the green stuff on bread as a butter substitute, or even add it to pasta and salads.
Drinking wine after working out
Cheers, since you may be doing this already! Drinking wine gives you a dose of resveratrol, which could help boost your exercise performance, and on its own might be a good-enough weight-loss aid to justify that wine-tasting trip. So grab your favorite running buddy, go for a jog, and then grab a bottle to enjoy as your post-workout reward.
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Carson Quinn is a writer based in Indianapolis. She starts the day with a bit of chocolate, ends it with running & wine, and everywhere in between laughs at her own jokes... which explains a lot. Follow her on Twitter: @NewsCarson.