Food in the Spotlight – Cocoa Powder

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That’s right! We are telling you to indulge in your sweet tooth and love for chocolate! Baking cocoa powder is often overlooked for its’ nutritional benefits. Cocoa has a number of health benefits and its powdered version is guilt-free! A tablespoon of cocoa powder only accounts for 15 calories, and contains 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. Cocoa powder is a great addition to any dish that you want to make chocolaty. Include it in your protein shakes, yogurt, and baked goods. Create a delicious peanut butter chocolate shake by blending a frozen banana, baking cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, skim milk, and peanut butter (or your choice of peanut butter powder). When purchasing cocoa powder for your pantry, look for 100% cocoa on the ingredient label with no added sugars.

About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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