Eat More Dark Chocolate
What if I told you that you needed to add some dark chocolate to your nutrition plan? That’s a diet you could get on board with, right? Chocolate has gotten a bad reputation because of its usual high sugar and calorie content, but the criticism isn’t fair.
Sure, after you add a ton of sugar, caramel and other fattening ingredients, the nutrition is altered quite a bit. Enter, real dark chocolate. This delicious treat can not only offer some health benefits, but it can also help you in your quest to be muscular and lean.
What can dark chocolate do for you?
- Natural Nitric Oxide booster 
- Increase insulin sensitivity 
- Improve blood pressure [1,3,5]
- Provide anti-oxidants (Flavanols, Polyphenols)
- Boost mood/energy
- Lower LDL and Total Cholesterol [2,4,6]
- Increase HDL 
How can you implement dark chocolate to reap the most benefits? First, get yourself a high quality dark chocolate product with at least 70% cacao. The higher the percentage of cacao, the less added sugar there is. You can also buy cacao powder which can be easily thrown into your protein shake.
For best results, have some dark chocolate pre-workout to take advantage of its natural energy and nitric oxide boosting compounds. This way you can power through your workouts and enjoy an improved pump. The little bit of sugar will push the body to use more carbohydrates during exercise, which is your main energy source for intense resistance training.
- 30-35g (men), 20-25g (women) of high quality whey protein
- 40-50g of dark chocolate bar
- Mix your whey protein in with an iced coffee
- Add 2 scoops of dark chocolate cacao powder