1. Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are an intensely-flavored, nutrient-dense superfood created by peeling and crumbling whole cacao beans. Brimming with fiber, iron, magnesium and more, these crunchy bits add a boost of nutrition to recipes ranging from smoothies to cereal. Found everywhere from health food stores to organic cafés, they’re an excellent addition to freshly sliced fruit or a bowl of homemade granola.
2. Cocoa Powder
Cocoa—which is ground and roasted (and undergoes higher temps than cacao during its refinement process)—supports lower cholesterol levels and enhances proper blood flow. The pantry staple has also been shown to provide antidepressant benefits and release endorphins. Look for an unsweetened, certified organic product, and use it in everything from protein shakes to muffins. One recipe to try on a wintry night? A mug of hot chocolate made with rice milk, vanilla, cinnamon and raw sugar.
3. Dark Chocolate Bars
Gone are the days when your only quick-fix chocolate choices were Snickers bars and Hershey kisses. Now, both large manufacturers and niche brands are churning out chocolate bars that go light on unwholesome additives and big on health benefits.