Who doesn't love chocolate? It's a treat that can lift the mood and add a bit of sweetness to even the dullest of days. But with those sought after Summer holidays and many UK residents focusing on weight loss, many people think it's not allowed on a 'beach body' diet. But here's some good news chocolate lovers: you can still enjoy chocolate on your summer diet, even if you're following a vegan diet, thanks to vegan chocolate! In this blog, we'll be chatting all about vegan chocolate and how you can indulge in it, even when you're trying to follow a balanced diet working towards your beach body goals.
Firstly, it's important to understand what makes chocolate vegan. Standard chocolate contains milk or milk powder, which comes from cows; however, vegan chocolate is dairy-free, which makes it perfect for vegans or anyone looking to reduce their dairy intake. In many vegan chocolate bars (such as our Silk Chocolate bars), manufacturers replace milk with alternatives such as oat, soy, or nut milk but without added sugar. Don't be concerned that the taste will differ, as it will still offer the same creamy, luscious taste and texture you expect from chocolate. Our vegan chocolate comes in different flavours such as orange, raspberry, dark chocolate, and even vegan white chocolate, which is perfect for chocolate-lovers who are fond of unique flavours.
Secondly, you might be shocked to learn that vegan chocolate has nutritional benefits. It contains flavonoids which are rich in antioxidants. These are vital to the body to stop cell harm, fight against free radicals and help maintain all-around internal health. Flavonoids found in chocolate can also help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. This is incredible news for all you chocolate-lovers!
One popular vegan chocolate that you must try on your summer diet is dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate or white chocolate. It is among the healthiest chocolate varieties and is loaded with nutrients. Dark chocolate contains high levels of iron, magnesium, and copper, as well as plenty of beneficial antioxidants. Plus, dark chocolate bars can help with weight-loss plans. A study found that eating chocolate regularly can help maintain a consistent weight and will eventually help you to lose weight as it reduces the desire to eat sugary foods. You can relish pure dark chocolate of around 70% cocoa solids during a summer day on the beach as it gives the extra added benefit of being good for your health.
Next, try making chocolate-dipped fruit or nuts at home for a healthy treat. Making your own chocolate-dipped treats at home can be a fun activity, and you'll know exactly what went into them so you can control your calorie intake. For a healthy snack, choose fruits like strawberries, bananas, or raspberries for dipping as they boost blood sugar levels and because they're sweeter you'll be inclined to lessen the amount of chocolate your use. You can also try nuts like almonds, cashews, or peanuts. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave, then dip away, let cool, and enjoy!
Fourthly, when it comes to satisfying your sweet cravings with vegan chocolate, pay attention to portion control. Vegan chocolate is still high in sugar and calories. Overeating could reverse any benefits it has on your health and fitness goals and lead to weight gain, so always keep an eye on your portions and focus on bars that contain less calories. Try to limit yourself to a square or two of chocolate or make your own healthier options with vegan chocolate such as protein balls, chocolate pancakes or granola squares.
In conclusion, indulging in vegan chocolate on a summer diet is possible, and can also result in several health/predisposition benefits. Reaching your desired beach body physique does not mean you need to restrict yourself entirely, but it does mean eating less sugar. Enjoy your summer with a little sweet indulgence with vegan chocolate. Nevertheless, just make sure to indulge in moderation and switch things around from time to time with a handful of recipes that include vegan chocolate bars. Have fun in the sun while enjoying the pleasure of guilt-free chocolate!