Did you know that eating chocolate can actually be beneficial for your physical and mental health? We’re happy to inform you, it is! In fact, several studies have concluded that the consumption of chocolate has resulted in an acute improvement in visual and cognitive functions and may even help prevent cognitive decline due to aging.
While many of you may resort to chocolate as a stress-reliever at times, you can now leave the guilt at the door knowing that the cocoa in chocolate is very beneficial for your brain because of its containment of polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins, which help protect the brain from free radicals. Also, the higher the cocoa percentage in chocolate, the higher levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties they contain.
Chocolate also contains the chemical Phenylethylamine, which stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and plays a role in the way we feel pleasure, focus, and find things interesting.
Now, get your chocolate ready because we’ve got a double chocolate recipe that’ll bump you into overdrive, so you can take on the day like a champ!
Double Chocolate Protein Waffles Recipe
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 scoops chocolate iFit Nutrition protein powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup 1% milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended!)
You can find cooking directions and nutritional facts here.
As you learned from the information above, it’s best to choose chocolate that does not have high levels of sugar and avoid chocolate sources that contain fillers in its ingredients list.
The great thing about iFit’s chocolate whey protein in this recipe is that it’s made with only high quality ingredients, without any fillers or artificial flavors, so you can trust that you’re getting the full benefit of protein and chocolate in every serving. And if you’re Vegan, there’s a pea protein option for you!
Remember, just like with anything, moderation is key. Chocolate is rich in calories and can lead to weight gain if it is overdone.The USDA states that a 1-ounce (28-grams) serving of dark chocolate contains 155 calories and nearly 9 grams of fat.
So, give this double chocolate protein waffle recipe a try and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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