Macros: 7g Protein, 15g Carb & 27g Fat
This combo is the nuts (excuse the pun)! A dessert makes being good all day worth it, brings a little ray of sunshine in to the evening and if you budget for it in your calories, it’s all good. The trouble is, must dessert or snack foods are full of artificial crap, usually lots of lactose and tons of refined sugar. Meaning, portion sizes need to be small or you will go over, plus they are designed to be more-ish – never sending you a signal that you’ve had enough. The healthy fats and proteins in Almond Butter and the richness of a good 70% dark chocolate give you that sweet hit but also send a signal of fullness and content – making it difficult to eat too much.
- 70% Dark Chocolate – 30g – A small amount goes a long way, especially if you nibble at it. I really like the Salted Caramel Green & Blacks, but plain G&B is also great.
- All natural Almond Butter – 4x teaspoons – Personally, a get a teaspoon and dip the dark chocolate into it. So good!
Most Almond Butters contain just one ingredient – almonds! How cool is that, there is literally nothing else added. Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E, Copper, Magnesium, and high-quality protein; they also contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids along with high levels of bioactive molecules. Meaning they can help lower blood sugar levels, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
Dark Chocolate is definitely the way to go if you are a chocolate lover. It contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that protect against oxidative damage. Dark chocolate can help reduce insulin resistance, which is a common risk factor for many diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Plus the Flavonols within help your skin protect itself from UV damage.
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