Chocolate Plus Almond Equals Perfect!
Do you know why a chocolate almond bar is the perfect snack to fill your body with nutrients? Let us break it down for you! Chocolate has long been considered a snack food, often regulated to the candy bar aisle, but did you know it can be healthy too? Going vegan? No problem. Most dark chocolates are vegan. Dark chocolate is the best, jam-packed with tons of healthy antioxidants and inflammation fighting properties. According to a 2011 Swedish study, women who eat chocolate have a 20 percent lower risk of stroke. Dieters who occasionally let themselves have a small chocolate treat have a lower BMI than the ones who completely abstain. This could be due to the fact that chocolate is rich in fiber, making one feel more satisfied with a small amount. It may even reduce cravings for unhealthier foods. A moderate addition of chocolate to the diet can lead to lower blood pressure, a reduction in LDL cholesterol and an overall healthier heart. If you have a nagging cough theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, may soothe it. And, of course, chocolate is a known mood booster. Everything starts in the mind, so it stands to reason if the mind feels good, soon everything will feel good!
Almonds have been recognized as a healthy food since ancient times. They have a lot in common with chocolate such as plenty of fiber and antioxidants. Like chocolate, snacking on them reduces the urge to indulge. Almonds are a good source of protein, vitamin E, iron, riboflavin, magnesium and calcium. If you’re vegan and a “concerned” friend asks “Where do you get your protein/calcium?” just show them some almonds. Almonds also include monounsaturated fatty acids and like chocolate reduce LDL cholesterol. The L-carnitine and riboflavin in almonds supports brain function while vitamin E and flavonol antioxidants maintain healthy skin. Like chocolate, almonds are a heart healthy food and can control the release rate of glucose into the bloodstream. What’s more, almonds increase nutrient absorption by balancing the pH level in the digestive tract by reducing acid build-up. This can lead to a flourishing of healthy bacteria such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. On the whole, a diet including almonds can lead to both a healthy mind and a healthy body.
With the above in mind, it only makes sense to put these two nutritious and delicious foods together! Chocolate is soft where almonds are crunchy, so the texture contrast is perfect. You can feel like you’re treating yourself to something decadent while actually having something good for you. Our chocolate almond bars are meant for meal replacement. They’re vegan, gluten free and taste great! Try one today!