CACAO OR DARK CHOCOLATE
I had to include a treat on the list – because we all deserve a little! Cacao or dark chocolate is a great guilt-free choice to incorporate into your routine. It has to be reeal dark, though – ideally cacao nibs or powder, or look for a 60% or higher dark chocolate bar. Dark chocolate keeps blood sugar levels normal while increasing blood flow to the brain. A little nibble before class will boost energy and concentration because it contains the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing endorphins. It also contains a little natural caffeine, enough to give you a little boost without adding jitters to the mix. Even try tossing it in a smoothie or using cacao powder to make a delicious chocolate almond milk.