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Treat Yourself: It’s National Chocolate Day!

Everything’s better with chocolate…especially today for National Chocolate Day!

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly in the mouth and can be eaten easily, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. And the calcium in chocolate could help protect tooth enamel.

But wait – it gets better. Chocolate (in moderation) is good for your overall health too! It’s loaded with antioxidants, it has mood-boosting qualities and it may reduce stroke risk.

In honor of National Chocolate Day, here are some healthy ways to have a delectable day – guaranteed to make all your chocolate dreams comes true!

  • Start your day with these chocolate muffins. Yes, you can have chocolate for breakfast! Especially when they’re (secretly) filled with flax, pumpkin, prunes and chomp-worthy chocolate!
  • Continue the celebration with a DIY chocolate spa mask. This chocolate TREATment will moisturize, exfoliate and cleanse your skin.
  • After a nutritious dinner, it’s time to whip up a decadent dessert. This dark chocolate bark provides a unique crunch, filled with protein-rich chia seeds and nuts.

Celebrate a local Chocolatier!

Washington is host to a number of chocolate gurus. Check out this list of some of our favorite chocolate shops:

Theo

Intrigue Chocolates Co.

Fran’s at the Four Seasons

Oh! Chocolate

GrendelSweets

Chocolat Vitale

Petits Noirs

Chocolate Apothecary

Spokandy

Take some *sweet* time to enjoy chocolate today. Just remember to brush and floss after your cocoa coma subsides.

 What are your favorite chocolate treats?

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