Just in case it being a day of the week that ends in "y" isn't a good enough reason to treat yourself to chocolate, July 7 is National Chocolate Day. Chocolate often gets a bad reputation as being an unhealthy food choice, but it's actually high in antioxidants and flavonoids that are linked to opening arteries, resisting heart disease and improving moods. It's really only when chocolate contains a lot of added sugar or is combined with other fattening foods that it can become a problem in your diet.
The recipes listed here are a perfect way to embrace National Chocolate Day without derailing your summer health goals. Simple switches like using dark chocolate instead of milk, or using avocado instead of cream are easy ways to lighten up treats like muffins, truffles and candy.