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Melt hearts with a healthy dose of chocolate

By Michelle Edelbaum, February 6, 2009 - 3:36am

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Melt hearts with a healthy dose of chocolate

Chocolate is definitely the way to my heart (and I make sure my heart gets some TLC at least twice a day!). I can think of very few things with chocolate that I don’t like (chocolate-covered potato chips, gummi bears or bugs).

Since I indulge regularly, I’m lucky that chocolate is actually good for me. Researchers have discovered that moderate amounts of flavanol-rich dark chocolate (my favorite) have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health, and it may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation.

All the more reason to whip up some healthy chocolate recipes to satisfy my cravings.
Here are 4 quick chocolate desserts:

Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps
A sprinkling of crystallized ginger and dried cranberries makes these easy, chocolate-dipped gingersnaps festive.

Baby Tiramisu
If you’re a fan of the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu, try this quick, lower-calorie variation the next time you need a dessert in a hurry.

Chocolate Crunch
Crunchy wheat cereal, pretzels and almonds coated in bittersweet chocolate makes an addictive sweet-salty snack.

Indoor S'Mores
You don’t have to sit around a fire to enjoy S’mores. Just be sure to watch them carefully under the broiler for perfectly toasted marshmallows.

TAGS: Michelle Edelbaum, Health Blog

Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital editor for EatingWell Media Group. She puts her background in journalism to work online at EatingWell.com and in EatingWell Magazine, authoring the Good Questions interview with interesting people in the world of food and health.

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