A chocolate fruit party to help boost your health!
There really isn’t anything better than fruit dipped in chocolate!
As a kid, I remember eating chocolate fondue occasionally as a treat or when a special occasion rolled around. It was always one of my favourite desserts! Of course, back then I would only dip bananas and strawberries in melted milk chocolate. I would put the fruit on the end of the skewer and dip it in the chocolaty bowl hoping that the fruit would fall off so it could be completely covered, the more chocolate the better… right?
To this day I still only have chocolate dipped fruit occasionally but when I do I go all out! Fruit doesn’t just stop at strawberries and bananas. It includes watermelon, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, and blueberries. Then to top it off I add some crunchy or decorative toppings to make it extra special. I’ve only recently started adding edible flowers to my food because it’s a nice way to add colour, flavour, and make it look all fancy. Chocolate dipped fruit is affordable, fun, and fancy! What a perfect family treat! Are you with me? Then let’s start dipping…
Homemade Chocolate Covered Fruit has Benefits!
Fresh fruits are naturally sweet and pack huge nutritional benefits. Fruits act as cleansers for your body, while supplying it with energy, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that help promote good health. We only need a couple of whole fruits per day to be healthy, but this is a special occasion and a fruit party wouldn’t be a party without fruit!
Watermelon: rich in lycopene, which helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Pineapple: contains the enzyme bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory used to treat joint problems.
Kiwi: their high vitamin C content promotes skin health and boosts the immune system.
Oranges: help prevent kidney stones formation due to their high vitamin C content.
Strawberries: rich in quercetin and kaempferol, which help prevent “unhealthy” (LDL) cholesterol in the blood from oxidizing and damaging artery walls.
Blueberries: high in antioxidants to help prevent eye damage and improve memory.
CHOCOLATE. Did someone say chocolate? If you are like me, then you love to eat chocolate. But I don’t eat just any chocolate – I eat the variety that is referred to as “superfoods.” We are talking about dark chocolate and cacao nibs, which are both healthy forms of chocolate and have some intriguing health benefits.
• Moderate consumption of dark chocolate protects the heart by thinning the blood, while its beneficial flavonols protect artery walls
and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
• The consumption of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate has been proven to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
• Chocolate is an antioxidant-rich superfood that is believed to neutralize free radicals and protect the body from their damage.
• The intake of flavonoid-rich foods, including chocolate, is associated with better cognitive function.
• Dark chocolate contains high amounts of: iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
• It’s a mood booster! Chocolate releases natural chemicals in the brain called endorphins, which act as a natural antidepressant and help elevate one’s mood.
Bring on the fruit and chocolate!
- 1/2 small watermelon
- 1 orange
- 8 strawberries
- 1 kiwi fruit
- 1/4 pinapple
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons freeze-dried strawberries, crushed
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon chopped macadamia nuts (or another nut)
- 1 tablespoon activated buckwheat groats
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen
- 1 teaspoon unsprayed dried rose petals
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
Place cut fruit on trays lined with parchment paper. With a paper towel, pat all the fruit dry so the chocolate will say on the fruit.
In a small pot place enough water to fill 1/4 of the way. Place a heat proof glass bowl inside. Place chocolate inside the glass bowl and melt on medium-low heat.
Place add-ons in separate bowls.
Work in batches, beginning with the smaller fruit, dip the tip of the fruit into chocolate; allowing the excess chocolate to drain off.
Sprinkle with a selection of add-on. Place back on the tray.
When finished, refrigerate for 15 minutes until chocolate is set.
*The add-ons are not included in the nutritional fact.
Serving size: 1
Calories 262 / Fat 14g / Carbs 32g / Protein 4g / Fiber 6g / Sodium 8mg / Sugar 20g
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