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5 Ways to Prepare Dark Chocolate: Healthy Dark Chocolate Ideas

Healthy Dark Chocolate Ideas for your Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Updated January 25, 2011

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Chocolate lovers' rejoice! Dark chocolate in moderation* may be beneficial for cholesterol levels, according to research. Be sure to look for "70% cocoa" or greater. This means that there will be a greater ratio of cholesterol-friendly flavinoid antioxidants to sugar in the product.

At Breakfast: A Vegan Chocolate Shake is a surprisingly tasty way to enjoy dark chocolate. As an added bonus, this morning treat includes omega-3s from flaxseed oil and tofu, and antioxidants from cinnamon.

Anytime Beverage : Dark Chocolate Orange Hot Cocoa This cocoa is ultra-flavorful, so you won't need a large mug to feel satisfied.

At Lunch: Try this tasty Mexican Chili. You won't taste the dark chocolate in this recipe, but vegetables and spices and lean ground beef make for a delicious lunch.

For a Dinner Party: Why not add some flavor to your dinner party with a wine and dark chocolate tasting? Try a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Zinfandel to elicit the chocolate's flavor.

As a Party Dessert: Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots are easy to make and present beautifully at parties. Top with chopped almonds to provide extra omega-3 fats benefit.

*Tip: Dark chocolate is not the only source of flavinoid antioxidants and should be enjoyed in addition to tea, berry, and vegetable sources as part of a heart-healthy diet.

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