8 Great Dark-Chocolate Treats for HalloweenCandy, treats, and guilty pleasures are everywhere this time of year, but you do not have to ruin your diet to enjoy the Halloween spirit. In fact, you could indulge in the rich decadence of dark-chocolate treats paired with guilt-free foods this Halloween.

Nutrition and Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Yes, dark chocolate is creamy, delicious, and loaded with flavor, but it also comes packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Wonderfully, in addition to having less sugar than milk chocolate, a serving of quality dark chocolate could offer fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and other minerals.

The Florida physicians at Weight Success Centers suggest choosing a quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa (70 percent or above). Higher percentages often tout more antioxidant-richness, nutrients, as well as serotonin-boosting effects for your brain.

For a Halloween treat, you may like to savor a single 1-ounce serving of quality dark chocolate, which averages 170 calories, 2 grams of protein, and 12 grams of fat. Always remember moderation with chocolate, however, because it does contain a rather high percentage of fat grams.

Guilt-Free Foods to Pair with Melted Dark Chocolate

To spice up the season, it is easy to make dark-chocolate-covered delights that are much healthier than store-bought candies. Whether you prefer coating nut clusters or dipping fruits in chocolate, here are 8 guilt-free and nutrient-rich foods to mix with melted dark chocolate

1) ALMONDS – a powerful protein boost, plus vitamins and minerals like magnesium.
2) APPLES – a healthy fall favorite that is full of fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.
3) BANANAS – a boost of sweetness with filling fiber and plenty of potassium.
4) CANTALOUP – a juicy way to cover your daily needs for A, B-6, and C vitamins.
5) CHERRIES – a bitesize array of vitamins and minerals, uniquely including melatonin.
6) STRAWBERRIES – a vitamin-rich burst of flavor and powerful antioxidants.
7) WALNUTS – a nutty number of vitamins, minerals, plus amino acids like Tryptophan.
8) WATERMELON – a refreshing way to enjoy vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and more.

For next-level treats, decorate your chocolate-covered delights for Halloween. There is no shortage of Halloween-themed creations and recipes online to inspire you, such as chocolate eyeballs made from cantaloupe balls. Importantly, remember to also choose healthy foods when decorating your treats. For example, there are many recipes for homemade sprinkles that are sugar-free, vegan, and naturally colored, as an alternative to those sugar-laden sprinkles and processed foods from the baking aisle.

This Halloween season, we hope our tips help you avoid falling victim to unhealthy temptations. Contact Weight Success Centers for information about healthy living, weight loss, and medical solutions.

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