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Video: Holly's Kitchen - Cooking with cocoa

Dark chocolate’s healthy, right? Sure - but cocoa powder’s really where it’s at, and we’re showing you how you can add it to everything from salad to steak.

Natural unsweetened cocoa powder is the healthiest form of chocolate because it has the highest level of cocoa flavonols, which are powerful antioxidants. Cocoa powder's powers can help you:

Get healthy: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder can increase good (HDL) cholesterol levels and help with cognitive functioning.

Get happy: Chocolate's naturally occurring serotonin and dopamine are potent antidepressants.

Feel love: Chocolate also prompts pleasure because it contains phenylethylamine, a natural pain reliever.

Get a container of dark or regular cocoa powder and get creative in the kitchen with these recipes.

Recipes featured in the video:

Cocoa Balsamic Salad Dressing

  • Whisk together the following:
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt/pepper to taste

This was served over a salad of mixed greens, sliced strawberries, golden raisins and slivered almonds.

Spiced Cocoa Seasoning (great for use on salmon, steak, and pork)

Additional cocoa powder recipes to try:

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A desire to lose weight is not the only reason you should see a registered dietitian. A dietitian can help you:

  • Manage a chronic disease like diabetes or maintain your energy during cancer treatment
  • Develop a plan to improve your performance in sports, fitness and muscle-building
  • Overhaul your family's diet and cooking routines to make them healthier and kid-friendly

Virtua's registered dietitians assist individuals of all ages in making healthier choices by developing a food plan tailored to their needs. For more information or to make an appointment, call a Virtua Personal Health Navigator at 1-877-896-6267.