Valentines Day is fast approaching, a popular day to gift and eat chocolate. Who doesn’t like chocolate? It certainly is one of my favorite foods. When choosing chocolate we might stop to think about the sugar content but it doesn’t have to filled with processed ingredients. In fact, raw cacao itself is chock full of fiber, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. It is also know to be an antioxidant and good for your cardiovascular health. Conventional chocolate can be highly processed containing anti nutrients such as soy lecithin, as well as refined sugar and other additives our bodies don’t recognize.
For those of you who are interested in giving the gift of chocolate this Valentines Day but don’t want to veer off your clean eating path, I have the answer for you. Head down to the I Love Health Store in Coal Harbour! I Love Health is a holistic nutritional shop, specializing in excellent natural supplements, as well as beautiful handcrafted organic chocolate. Free of gluten, dairy and processed sugars, I Love Health carries several lines of chocolate in a variety of flavors. It’s mostly dark chocolate however, check out the gorgeous dairy free ‘mylk’ chocolate and you won’t be disappointed. I also highly recommend the locally made GLOW chocolates http://www.loveoffood.ca/
I Love Health is located conveniently at 1428 West Pender, is open from 1-6 pm, and there is parking available. Check out their website http://www.ilovehealth.ca/ and get down there before the 14th! Happy Valentines Day everyone!