Dark Chocolate and Wine: The Healthy Girl’s Guide to a Perfect Pairing

A simple square of chocolate has enough superpowers to move mountains, give you super feats of strength, and allow you to leap tall buildings in a single bound. A glass of wine can sometimes feel like a calming breeze on an otherwise chaotic day. A girl and her indulgences are partners in crime on the road to relaxation and celebrating life. But as we know, it’s also all about finding the right balance between staying healthy and getting to enjoy our favorite foods.

So, what if we could stay healthy and still enjoy our dessert? Much like relationships, the right dessert pairing can make all the difference. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate all the hard work you do in and out of the gym, by allowing yourself the gift of dark chocolate and a glass of wine. See which pairing tickles your fancy and enjoy a night of love and indulgence!

 

Dark Chocolate

Paired with: Port, cabernet, merlot, shiraz

Red wine is the perfect pairing to a simple dark chocolate square. Le Cordon Bleu suggests a Tawny Port, Banyuls, Maury, or Australian Sparkling Shiraz among others.

Health Benefits:

The higher percentage of cocoa in chocolate, the better! Try to aim for 70% or above. Dark chocolate is high in heart-healthy antioxidants and monounsaturated fats. Dark chocolate with a glass of red wine can double the effect since red wine also helps with heart health through red wine tannins and resveratrol. Resveratrol also has anti-aging properties.

 

Dark Chocolate With Chili Pepper

Paired with: Claret, Rhone wines, Rouge Port, or just a heavy-bodied red

A glass of red wine like an earthy Claret as Lindt Chocolate suggests, is a solid pairing with dark chocolate and chili pepper.

Health Benefits:

If you’re looking to heat things up this Valentine’s Day, start in the kitchen! Dark chocolate with chili pepper adds some spicy heat with a sweet undertaking. Pair that with a heavy red wine and have a low-calorie, antioxidant rich dessert! Plus chili pepper and capsaicin have been known give your metabolism a tiny nudge.

 

Dark Chocolate And Cinnamon

Paired with: Zinfandel, pinotage

Remember getting those red hot hearts in your grade school Valentine’s Day celebrations? Throw it back by combining the nostalgia of cinnamon hearts by taking a bite out of dark chocolate with cinnamon.

Health benefits:

Cinnamon is a spice that is as tasty on a cappuccino as it is on toast. But did you know that it can also help lower blood sugar, ease inflammation, and help lower your cancer risk? Well, when cinnamon and dark chocolate do the dessert tango, your health will also start to dance!

 

Dark Chocolate And Pistachios

Paired with: Sparkling Beaujolais, Merlot, Cabernet

A salty-sweet dessert with crunch can satisfy almost any craving!

Health benefits:

While we know that dark chocolate alone has many benefits, pistachios are low in calories, help with digestion, and protect against diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Touch it off with a cabernet, merlot, or some bubbly Beaujolais to lighten up the mood!

 

Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Paired with: Fruity chardonnays, South African chardonnays, merlots, prosecco

Nothing says classic Valentine’s Day dessert like chocolate covered strawberries, and a glass of champagne!

Health benefits:

The sweet thing about a dark chocolate covered strawberry is that it’s almost half the calories of the milk chocolate variation. Toast to an evening full of romance and guilt-free indulgence! One dark chocolate covered strawberry and one glass of prosecco together are only 147 calories!

Since berries and dark chocolate have less sugar than other fruits and chocolates, this is a great option for anyone looking to lose weight. Dry champagne also has less sugar.

 

The best pairings come from the heart and are sometimes made in the kitchen. What will you indulge in this Valentine’s Day?

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