By ELL MACPHERSON www.wellandgood.com
Ready to make a splash at your holiday dessert table? Supermodel and wellness entrepreneur Elle Macpherson has a particularly rad recipe for you. And for a behind-the-scenes look at what life is really like for her, be sure to follow us on Instagram—Macpherson will be taking over the Well+Good account on Sunday, December 12 to reveal her healthy hacks for getting through the stressful holiday season.
I’m going to be honest: I love chocolate. People say chocolate is health food for the soul, but it actually nourishes our bodies, too.
I’m partial to enjoying a few squares of dark chocolate—which seems like a treat, but unlike most other indulgences, if you choose chocolate that’s cacao-based and dark, you’re getting some nutritional benefits.
One of my favorite perks is that dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants (AKA it’s anti-aging), even more so than blueberries. So every time I have a couple of squares, I know I’m adding goodness to my body. Plus, it’s also a great source of iron, magnesium, and zinc.
The type of chocolate, however, does matter; dark chocolate is good for you—but only the 70–80 percent cocoa varieties. And keep in mind the fact that an ounce of 70 percent dark chocolate has 170calories, whereas an ounce of blueberries contains only 16 calories (plus, you don’t get the fiber value you would get from fruit, and sugar is often hidden in chocolate—which can spike blood levels), so my big piece of advice would be to enjoy…in moderation.
One way to do that is by making this chocolate-y, satisfying, energy-boosting dessert (thanks to the addition of WelleCo’s The Super Elixir Nourishing Protein powder) created by the uber-talented Bettina Campolucci.