This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CocoaVia®. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love almost anything chocolate and it doesn't take much for me to find an excuse to add chocolate to my diet. However I am usually trying to limit my chocolate intake since I know most chocolate is packed with sugar and fat. To make myself feel better, I usually like to tell myself about all the healthful benefits of chocolate, specifically dark chocolate which is often touted as a healthful product.
However recently I have learned that many of the benefits are actually contained in the cocoa flavanols. Essentially, although chocolate is good, cocoa flavanols are good for you. The truth is, the benefits of cocoa/chocolate come from cocoa flavanols, not percentage of cacao or the darkness of the chocolate. Cocoa flavanols are powerful phytonutrients, or plant-based nutrients, that are naturally found in cocoa beans. Cocoa flavanols are shown to support cardiovascular or heart health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow, and exercise performance. Great! Now I can eat my chocolate and feel good about it. The problem? Many times these cocoa flavanols aren't present in chocolate products because they either contain artificial chocolate flavors or are damaged by heat during the productions process.
Lucky for us, CocoaVia(R) has a delicious and healthy line of supplements that contain cocoa flavanols. It comes in either a pill or powder form that can be added to smoothies, yogurt, coffee, and more. At only 30 calories for the powder packets (my favorite!) and 4 delicious flavors, it is a great addition to a healthy diet.
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Where can you find CocoaVia®?
CocoaVia® can be found in the following stores - Vitamin World, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Wegman’s, Harris Teeter, GNC, Kroger, and independent natural food retailers throughout the country or find a store closest to you. It can also be found online at their website and on Amazon.
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CocoaVia Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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