Dark Chocolate has become a popular health benefit due to its antioxidant component. Of course everything in moderation, I think life would be awesome if we could indulge dark chocolate all day, everyday. But there is a low caloric option to add into your foods, and that’s cocoa powder.
Fun fact about cocoa powder: It has a very high source of iron! Sweet, many people (especially women) have low iron levels. There is approximately 1.8mg of iron per tablespoon of cocoa powder. I have low iron, and I keep forgetting to take my iron supplement. Not only that, many people don’t like to consume it in a form of a pill.
Cocoa powder is the low-fat portion of the cocoa bean. According to Livestrong.com, other health benefits include a good source of dietary fiber and protein. Plus, one tablespoon of cocoa powder contains 0.9 grams of protein, with approx. 22 percent of total calories in the powder coming from protein.
With the power of cocoa powder, let’s find creative ways to use it in the kitchen.
1) Add a tablespoon to you smoothies. Not only, will you enjoy a nice chocolate taste, you’ll also receive a good source of iron. Win win.
Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie:
- One cup of frozen raspberry
- ½ cup of spinach or kale
- ½ of a banana (frozen)
- 1 cup of Almond Milk
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- Optional: vanilla protein powder
Looking for a blender to make this delicous smoothie, here are a few options to check out:
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Another cooking tip, I got from LA Times Kitchen, is to flour your pan with cocoa powder (instead of using flour). Some baking recipes included greasing the inside of the pan with butter and sprinkle a tablespoon or so of flour. Now, use cocoa powder to add more flavors. Of course it depends on your recipe, I don’t think it’ll work on your upside down pineapple cake but any styles of chocolate cake will have a little extra dash of cocoa. Clever!
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