There are many other ways to enjoy chocolate other than in the form of a cake or candy bar. Check out some of our favorites below!
Written by Cielestia Calbay
Hey, chocoholics! In the mood to reward yourself after a hard workout?
Today just happens to be National Milk Chocolate Day, so what better way to celebrate than to satisfy your sweet tooth with the beloved treat.
Though there aren’t much health benefits from milk chocolate, its darker counterpart reaps many.
In 2008, researchers from the University of Copenhagen discovered dark chocolate’s natural appetite suppressant powers when they gave 16 lucky volunteers either milk or dark chocolate and asked them to keep track of their cravings and how hungry they were over the course of five hours. Nearly three hours later, they were offered pizza and were allowed to eat until they were full. At the end of the experiment, researchers found that those who consumed dark chocolate ate 15 percent less than those who were given milk chocolate.
Other health benefits of chocolate include lower blood pressure, radical-fighting antioxidants, and of course, a good post-workout recovery to refuel muscles.
But there are many other ways to enjoy chocolate other than in the form of a cake or candy bar. Here are our favorites:
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
This award-winning break has a smokey, chocolately, leathery hop flavor. Our photo editor, Scott Draper, says he likes it after a hot day in the cool evening.
Cocoa nibs are great for adding texture and a nutty flavor. I like them on salads with sweet dressing or even on rice and potato dishes.
Emerald Balance Plus
OK, it doesn’t quite fit the savory bill, but this chocolate-flavored nutritional drink mix was too good to pass up. It has 12 servings of fruits and vegetables with superfoods like acai, mangostein and pomegranate.
Quick Tip from Competitor’s Kitchen McGyver: “Two or three tablespoons of dark finely chopped chocolate—I like 70 percent dark cocoa—dropped into a big pot of tomato-based meat or vegetarian chili adds a really interesting depth of flavor. You can substitute cocoa powder in a pinch.”
Chocolate Flank Stank with Pineapple Salsa
As featured on the Food Network’s “Paula’s Best Dishes." Ingredients: 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder 1 1/2 teaspoons salt Pinch ground black pepper 2 pounds flank steak Pineapple Salsa, recipe follows Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish, optional Directions: In a large resealable plastic bag, combine vinegar, cocoa, brown sugar, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add flank steak; seal bag, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. Spray nonstick griddle with nonstick spray and preheat to medium-high. Remove steak from marinade and discard marinade. Place steak on the griddle and cook for 6 minutes on each side for a medium-rare. When cooked to desired doneness, remove from the griddle, to a cutting board, and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into thin strips. Serve with Pineapple Salsa and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired. Pineapple Salsa: 1 whole pineapple, peeled and diced 1 avocado, halved, pitted, and flesh diced 1/4 cup minced red onion 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon salt In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.