Dark chocolate covered strawberries are a perfect way to top off a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, especially if you or your significant other don’t want to splurge on sweets. They’re decadent, fairly easy to make, and provide a perfect dose of flavonoid and antioxidant-rich chocolate.
The key to making your strawberries extra delicious and nutritious? Find the ripest, freshest berries and a high-quality, low sugar, very dark melting chocolate. Melt in the microwave for small increments of time at 50% power, or melt on low on your stove (usually the package will have melting instructions; the key is not to burn the chocolate), dip, and let dry on parchment paper. Sprinkle with your favorite chopped nuts, if you wish.
A large dark chocolate covered strawberry contains 115-145 calories, so this is a great way to feel like you’re indulging without actually doing so. Actually, this dessert is quite nutritious. Four extra large strawberries give you 3.81 grams of fiber, 44.82 IU of vitamin A and 94.12 mg of vitamin C. Strawberries have more vitamin C per ounce than citrus fruits, according to the University of Illinois Extension.
Don’t have a sweetheart? Who says Valentine’s Day is just for couples? Make them for yourself, and enjoy every bite!