Magnesium is an extremely important mineral that your body needs. Unfortunately due to poor diet and lifestyle choices, depleting minerals levels in our soils, and a focus on getting adequate calcium to prevent osteoporosis, many people today are deficient in magnesium.
Cacao, a key ingredient in chocolate, is an excellent dietary source of magnesium. This is likely why your body is instinctively telling you to reach for your favourite chocolate bar. Unfortunately, if you’re grabbing the wrong kind of chocolate you could be doing more harm than good. Let me explain…
The majority of conventional, regular ol’ chocolate bars contain a lot of sugar, and can wreak havoc on your hormones and skin. For your body to properly metabolize glucose, it needs to use magnesium. In fact, for every single glucose molecule in your body to be metabolized, your body uses 28 molecules of magnesium! (source) As you can see, this can lead to a vicious cycle, where you’re constantly reaching for chocolate because you’re craving magnesium, but the sugar-loaded chocolate bar is actually using more magnesium in your body than you are taking in.
So what should you do instead?
Try making these delicious, nutritious “I Love Chocolate” Balls for your next chocolate craving!
These beauties are full of whole, all-natural, unrefined ingredients. There’s absolutely no white sugar in this recipe, as each ball is sweetened with dates. This means that not only do you get fiber to help slow down the release of sugar into your bloodstream, but you also get the other vitamins and minerals within each date.
What I also love about this recipe is that it requires zero equipment to make it other than a bowl and a fork! I created and tested this recipe for a client who wasn’t as obsessed about filling her tiny apartment with kitchen appliances as some of us (ahem…me!). I wanted to make her a chocolatey, magnesium-rich treat that could be whipped up in a matter of minutes, and didn’t require a 15-piece food processor or $700 Vitamix.