Busy schedules of everyday life prevent us from slowing down and savoring; this Valentine’s Day, practice an introspective mindfulness exercise with one of those gifted chocolates
Rich, dark chocolate is more than just a decadent dessert, it also has many noted health benefits. Packed with antioxidants and fatty acids, in moderation, it can even help keep your heart healthy.
Lisa Reinhardt, CEO and founder of Wei of Chocolate, recommends using chocolate to meditate on the moment: put the piece of chocolate in your mouth and let it slowly dissolve on your tongue, revel in the creamy texture and exquisite flavor and focus on deep breathing.
“Enjoying chocolate is as natural as the breath itself, and is the perfect way to rest in the deliciousness of the present moment,” says Reinhardt.
*Choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao content. Cacao contains flavonoids that have many positive effects on cardiovascular health, including reducing blood pressure.
*Look for brands that are certified fair-trade and organic to guarantee that not only is the chocolate the highest quality, but also that sustainable practices were used.
In fanciful flavors like Banana+Cayenne and Almond+Fennel, Antidote Chocolate utilizes an innovative formula of blending raw and roasted cacao together to deliver delicous, organic chocolate. antidotechoco.com
Pascha Organic Dark Chocolate
Certified organic, fair trade, vegan, kosher and non-GMO verified, Pascha Chocolate is part of the 1% For the Planet movement and available in different, never-bitter, cacao contents. paschachocolate.com