I think I’ve mentioned here before that I’m a big fan of chocolate. Believe it or not, chocolate is a healthy treat, as long as you choose wisely. Not only does it taste great, but have you ever wondered why you feel so good when you eat chocolate? Turns out chocolate is known to give you an instant boost in mood and concentration, and improves blood flow to your brain! And it helps you feel more energized – perfect for a Monday!

Sorry, Snickers bars don’t count! Cocoa is the chocolate ingredient that does your body good, so pass on the sugary milk chocolate blends and go directly for the darkest organic chocolate you can get. Pure dark chocolate is your best bet if you want the mood-boosting benefits minus the extra belly flat! Dark chocolate is also rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Choose chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao or cocoa to optimize the antioxidant power and health benefits.

Just make sure to keep your portions in check —A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that a few ounces of dark chocolate a day is all you need to reap the benefits so don’t overdo it!

My favorite chocolate recipe!

My favorite store purchased chocolate!