Emerald Valley Almanac

Mood-boosting chocolate

As we enter winter, many folks are sharing with me in my work as a nutritional health coach that the shorter and darker days are impacting their mood. It's not uncommon for folks living in the rainy northwest to experience SAD or "Seasonal Affect Disorder." One of my favorite suggestions for supporting a healthy mood is chocolate! 

Cacao is chocolate in its purest form, and it is actually an amazing superfood, rich in antioxidants, mood-boosting feel-good chemicals, and minerals. Cacao powder and dark chocolate have been shown to increase blood flow to the . . .

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