Nuts over Chocolate! Holiday bites to enjoy without the guilt

Updated: Nov 2, 2018

These little chocolate bites are not only festive but are filled with antioxidants. They are great to keep around the house or gift to friends and family.  Buzzfeed posted an article that inspired this chocolate goodness.  I used organic ingredients and added a holiday twist by strategically placing the cranberries and pumpkin seeds to make a mistletoe (or at least my version of one).  

A “bite” about dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants.  Antioxidants protect against free radicals, which can cause everything from aging to cancer.  The balance between your intake of antioxidants and exposure to free radicals determines not only you’re your overall health but your longevity.  What else is great about dark chocolate? It increases blood flow to both your heart and your brain and contains phenylethylamine (PEA).  PEA is the chemical your brain creates when you feel like you're falling in love. It encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.

A “bite” about nuts

Nuts have an array of health benefits form increased cognitive function to heart health and protection against diseases like Alzheimer’s.  According to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, people who eat a lot of nuts might have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases, including respiratory disease, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

So with out further ado here is the simple recipe for these holiday treats!