Chocolate, No Indulgence Required

Did you know that cocoa powder earns three Guiding Stars? It’s true! On its own, cocoa is high in iron, dietary fiber, and a couple of other important nutrients. The reason chocolate gets a bad rap is that, in order to balance its natural bitterness, it’s often paired with added sugar and saturated fat. Neither is necessary! Pair cocoa powder with fruit for sweetness (plus fiber and a great range of nutrients) and plain, non-fat yogurt for creaminess (and protein), and you’ve got a winning nutritional combination that tastes like a “sometimes” food.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothies

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. Added sugar is the stinger to watch for in smoothie. Choose plain yogurts and unsweetened milks to pair with fruit and cocoa for flavor without nutritional compromise.

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