• Peanut Butter, Grape & Chocolate Snack Bites

    Weekly Recipe: 
    For a no-bake dessert that will please kids, parents, and their taste buds, give these bite-size chocolate balls a try. Makes 30 balls.

    ¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter

    ¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes

    1 cup oats

    1 tablespoon ground flax seed

    2 teaspoons honey

    3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Heat peanut butter in a microwave about 25 seconds, until thinned out. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips, and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, form mixture into balls. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Source: Robin Plotkin, RD, LD,

  • Fruit & Nut Bark

    Weekly Recipe: 
    This easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.

    12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided

    ½ cup dried cranberries

    1/3 cup chopped pistachios

    1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

    ¼ cup slivered almonds

    2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest

    Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Health Matters: Why We Love Love

    There’s a lot to like about a holiday devoted to wine, chocolate, strawberries, and romance, but aside from the “feel good” and “taste good” aspects of the holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the healthiest of them all.

  • Health Tips: Indulge Your Heart

    A heart-healthy indulgence? Say it’s so! A group of scientists recently found that study participants who ate 75 grams (about three ounces) of dark chocolate daily for a week had improved endothelial function and blood pressure.

  • Focus On: Cocoa

    WHAT IT IS: Cacao bean, better known as cacao or cocoa, is a fatty bean in the Malvaceae family. Cocoa beans are the source for cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

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  • Nothing Says Love like Resveratrol and Flavonoids

    Valentine’s Day is upon us and so are the increased sales of wine, chocolate, and flowers. All of this is OK since wine and chocolate are good for you… right? Well, yes and no. Here are some quick facts to make sure your “sweetie” is getting what she wants and needs:

  • Dark Chocolate Truffles with Goji Berries

    Weekly Recipe: 


    1 cup grated raw cacao butter

    1 cup raw cacao powder

    6 tablespoons maple syrup

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract


    1/4 teaspoon maca powder

    Pinch of sea salt

    1/4 cup goji berries or a combination of goji berries, cacao nibs, chopped hazelnuts, or shredded coconut

    Blend the cacao, cacao powder, maple syrup, maca, and salt in a food processor. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Shape into walnut-sized balls. Put goji berries and/or ground hazelnuts, cacao nibs, or shredded coconut on a large flat plate and roll balls in them. Eat immediately or store in a jar.

    Makes 12 to 15 walnut sized balls.

    Optional: For a creamier truffle, add 1/4 cup coconut oil.

    Recipe by Leslie Cerier //

  • Dark Chocolate Truffles with Gogi Berries

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    Vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, and gluten-free eaters rejoice! Here is a great treat that everyone will love for year round pleasure. Easy to make and fun to eat, these sensational dark chocolate truffles are made of nutrient rich super foods. They are my daily supplement for health, vitality, and pleasure.

  • Ask The Doctor: Kidney Stones, Bed-Wetting, and Chocolate

    Question answered by BETH THAYER, MS, RD. THAYER is the spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and specializes in behavior and lifestyle modifications, nutrition, and health coaching. 

    Every month we ask top practitioners to address your health concerns. This month find solutions for kidney stones, bed-wetting, and questions about chocolate.
  • For the Love of Chocolate

    Yep, that’s right, chocolate: that oh-so-indulgent treat that makes women around the world swoon. But it’s not the milk chocolate candy bar or the box of chocolate-covered cherries that best support your heart.

    Support your heart's health with chocolate.