Dark Hot Cocoa

Need an excuse to indulge in some hot chocolate? You can thank me later! Chocolate has been consumed as a health food since we started eating. It’s high in antioxidants, flavonoids that help protect your heart, and vitamins and minerals such at magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron and selenium. According to a meta-analysis of 13 studies, consuming chocolate significantly reduced serum triglycerides when compared to a control. Other markers for heart health, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, did not show improved outcomes, but did not show worse outcomes either. So why not eat more chocolate? We typically add lots of fat and sugar to our chocolate. If you’re a chocolate lover, we recommend that you go for 70% cocoa or darker and be mindful of the fat and added sugar!

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Mediterranean Salad

It’s a new year, and we’re all looking for a fresh (and refreshing) start! Nothing is quite as refreshing as a crispy crunchy cold wedge salad with a healthy twist. Blue cheese dressing is tasty, but it’s typically made with heavy cream and mayonnaise, making it high in saturated fat and not the most physically nourishing choice. This recipe has a Mediterranean alternative, made with heart-healthy olive oil and tahini.

The Mediterranean diet is known for its many health benefits, such as its anti-inflammatory qualities and positive effects regarding heart health and even cognitive well-being. If you’re looking for some easy nutrition guidelines to start 2024, Mediterranean is a good place to go.

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