When it comes to favorite holidays, we salute the concept of Valentine’s Day. Twenty-four hours devoted to love…and chocolate…and, well, more chocolate. What’s not to like?!
Whether you’re seeking a gift for a colleague, a friend, your mom or your true love, chocolate can provide a present that will be greeted with delight. And the good news: By choosing a healthy version of chocolate, you can also provide your recipient with a good dose of antioxidants and other beneficial natural nutrients.
For someone extra special, consider putting together a gift basket. Cacao chips, such as SunSpire Organic 65% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, are great for sprinkling over yogurt or mixing into oatmeal. Another treat to add to that basket: Mini dark chocolate bars, such as Chocolove Mini Strong Dark Chocolate Bars. And add in some rich dark cocoa for special occasions: Divine Chocolate Cocoa Powder.
What to do if you want to give a Valentine’s Day gift to someone on a low-carb diet? We’ve got just the thing with Atkins Candy! Try Atkins Day Break bars in flavors like peanut butter fudge. Or Atkins Endulge chocolate candies.
Have someone who’s into eating healthy? Go for something different with I Heart Keenwah Chocolate Sea Salt Quinoa Clusters. Partner it with Teeccino herbal chocolate coffee.
Something fun for work: Take individual chocolate bars to give to your favorite colleagues (and yes, sweetening up your manager never hurts!). Make them healthy, such as Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boomâ„¢ Rice Milk Chocolate Bar.
For Mom: Put together assorted chocolate Larabars. They’re made of pure ingredients, taste fabulous and can keep Mom healthy and happy on the day of love! Flavors include Jocalat ® Chocolate Coffee and Chocolate Hazelnut.
Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.