Chocolate covered strawberries, this is a classic Valentine’s day treat! With February being Heart Health month, you really couldn’t find three better foods for your cardiovascular system than chocolate, coconut and strawberries
Raw or minimally processed chocolate or cacao is rich in polyphenolic compounds such as epicatechin. These polyphenols have profound anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Chocolate also has theobromine, which has a powerful cardiovascular stimulant that enhances vasodilation and oxygen delivery to various regions of the body. Theobromine has also been shown to stimulate the production of healthy HDL cholesterol.
Coconut is the best source of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) that enhance fat burning and reduce inflammation in the body. These MCT’s have potent anti-microbial characteristics and help to improve capillary function in the body.
Strawberries are rich in anthocyanins and flavanol anti-oxidants that are protective of the cardiovascular system and enhance circulation and oxygenation throughout the body.
I would recommend if you are looking to reduce your sugar intake to try the recipe idea Megan gave with stevia and raw cacao powder or use the keto maple syrup I had in the recipe as that will be low carb and anti-inflammatory.