Guilt Free Dessert
This has to be THE easiest guilt free dessert ever but its hits all those sweet spots whilst still being acceptably healthy! Enjoy!
Strawberries are VERY good for you – even their heart shaped appearance gives you a clue on how they can benefit us. Not only do they increase our HDL (the good cholesterol) but they also protect our hearts by lowering our blood pressure and protecting against cancer.
Like all berries, they are packed with really high levels of antioxidants and are in the top 20 fruits containing the highest antioxidant capacity. Approx. 8 strawberries contain more Vitamin C than an orange.
Incase that wasn’t enough, strawberries are also jammed with Vitamins, Manganese and potassium. The only downside is that unless organic, strawberries are one of the most heavily poisoned fruits due to herbicides and pesticides so be sure to wash them thoroughly if organic strawberries are bit out of your price range.
As for dark chocolate……. Well what can I say…… Some of the benefits we know include:
• It improved our LDL or “bad cholesterol”
• It improved our HDL or “good cholesterol”
• Cocoa solids of 70% or more contain healthy compounds known as Flavonol which have great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
• It lowers our blood sugar levels.
How does dark chocolate help lower our blood sugar levels compared to traditional or white chocolate? Again its due to the antioxidants present in dark chocolate. Its thought that the antioxidants help the body in using insulin more efficiently in order to keep blood sugar levels under control. By doing this, the body lowers, regulates and avoids rapid spikes in blood sugar levels naturally.
But remember to make sure it’s a minimum 70% cocoa dark chocolate!
If you would like more tips on how to be healthier – or need a kick start to your health, check out our 28 Day Kick Start online fitness program! It has everything you need to get started to a healthier you – from nutrition advice, daily emails and workout routines – no equipment needed!
Comments are closed