While chocolate is generally seen as a treat and not typically associated with fitness workouts, there are a few ways you can incorporate chocolate into your fitness routine in a more health-conscious manner.
Before your workout, an ounce or two of premium dark chocolate is enough to give you a kick without burdening your system with an unnecessary amount of sugar or fat. After a workout, enjoying a protein smoothie or an energy ball can help with recovery and with motivation!
Here are three ways you can incorporate chocolate into your workout schedule:
Eat a piece of dark chocolate Pre-Workout
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and a moderate amount of caffeine, which can provide a natural energy boost. Consuming a small piece of dark chocolate before your workout may enhance your focus and performance. Aim for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content for maximum benefits. Our 56g (2g) Bittersweet couverture chocolate bar contains 72% cocoa - one bite will get your engines going!
Enjoy a Chocolate Protein Smoothie Post-workout
Protein powders are widely available and can be used to make delicious and nutritious smoothies. Blend a scoop of protein powder with anti-oxidant-packed cocoa powder, your choice of milk (dairy or plant-based), peanut butter, and a frozen banana. This will provide you with a protein-rich post-workout snack or meal. Try our Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie recipe.
Munch on Homemade Energy Balls before or after a workout
Make your own energy balls using a combination of nuts, dates, cocoa powder, and a little bit of dark chocolate. These bite-sized treats can be a great source of energy during or after your workout. Our Chocolate Nut Energy Balls recipe combines these ingredients to create a balanced and nutritious snack.
Remember, moderation is key when incorporating chocolate into your fitness routine. While dark chocolate does have health benefits, it should still be consumed in reasonable amounts to avoid excess calorie intake. Additionally, be mindful of the other ingredients you use in combination with chocolate to ensure you maintain a well-balanced diet.