Chocolate is the quintessential “I love you” gift for Valentine’s Day. But your sweetie may not be feeling the love after indulging in a box of unhealthy treats. This year, show the people you love how much you care by getting smart with the type of chocolates you buy for them.
While most chocolates are heavily processed — heavy on the sweeteners and preservatives — these are minimally processed, organic, and some are even raw and actually good for you.
You can thank me later!
Lulu’s Chocolate Bars are handcrafted with heart using only the highest quality, purest ingredients. They use only cacao that is fair trade and sourced from small family farms. Their amazingly delicious raw cacao is sourced through Pacari in Ecuador and sweetened exclusively with low-glycemic Coconut Sugar, the nutrient-rich sap of coconut palm trees! They use pure vanilla bean, maca root which makes it a superfood. Sounds healthy to me!
The cool thing about Sunbiotics is that their chocolate is raw, organic, and they use fair-trade cacao along with organic coconut sugar and real vanilla. The even cooler thing about them is that each serving of their chocolates contains 10 billion cfu’s of active and stabilized probiotic flora. Can you believe a probiotic that’s also delicious chocolate!? Hooray!
This stuff is my new addiction. Though this isn’t what you would think of as a Valentine’s Day Chocolate, your significant other will be bowing down to the goodness of this snack (and to you too of course!). This stuff is decadent and you can eat it straight out of the jar. Prepare to go to Dark Chocolate heaven! They use coconut butter and chocolate liquor as the main ingredients in this one and it tastes too good to be true!
What an ingenious idea as an Ode to all women. Their website explains, “The Medicinal Herbs in this bar will ease these transitions: The magnesium in the cacao will relax her smooth muscle tissue to alleviate cramping, and its neurotransmitters will regulate hormonal shifts and feel your love. Peaches softly sweeten while chamomile bathes her in a Roman Bath of soothing.” Now that’s love!
“Raw Chocolate Love” is chocolate as it should be: 100% pure, raw, organic, and packed with antioxidants that nourish mind, body, and soul. Void of preservatives, flavor extracts, and food coloring, Raw Chocolate Love is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and guilt-free, proving healthy and delicious can go hand-in-hand.
Raw Chocolate mini hearts are handmade over very low heat at a small chocolate lab in New York City using only the highest quality superfood ingredients and, of course, Vitamin L (love). Created with your health and your heart in mind, Raw Chocolate Love is love at first bite.”
These chocolates are truly exquisite! Per their website: Carefully roasted Spanish almonds take their place among deep, malty Ecuadorian chocolate for a buttery-sweet, sophisticated crunch. With a touch of Madagascar vanilla bean to round out the short list of Fair Trade Organic ingredients, transforming this classic standby into a wholesome and heartfelt superfood indulgence. The deep intensity of Dark Almond reflects the rainforest from which it hails. Fortaleza sits on the edge of the Ecuadorian coast, where the world’s richest soil and the shade of the forest canopy create an ideal environment for native cacao. Sounds like heaven, huh!?
If you are a fudge lover but are looking for a healthier raw option, Lovebean is your answer. They make pure and potent chocolate – high-grade vegan and paleo treats. They also only use organic ingredients and sweeten with delicious low-glycemic coconut nectar. Their chocolate spreads are virgin coconut oil-based, so not only are they a healthier option to your typical chocolate spreads and bars, but this allows the texture to vary from thick and creamy when cooler to completely liquid and perfect for dipping when warmer (or for making a magic shell on ice cream!!). Soooo goooood!
Bess is a wellness coach and educator, healing arts practitioner, and was lead Ayurvedic therapist for the Chopra Center for Well-being for 10 years. She is a dedicated wife and mother to four children. She is passionate about natural forms of healing, veganism, fitness and healthy living. She gets her "juice" from juicing, yoga, meditation, and being a mama.