Is It Okay to Eat Chocolate After Lunch?
There are a lot of things you shouldn't do after lunch, for example swimming, napping, or riding a rollercoaster. But is eating some chocolate after lunch an okay snack idea? The simple answer is some types are.
A Satisfying Chocolate Alternative
After a large meal, the last thing your body needs is an additional heap of sugar, fats, and calories. Chocolate, especially milk chocolate, is a heavy post-lunch snack that offers little nutritional, momentum, or digestive value.
Not only is traditional chocolate high in sugar and calories, but it's also lacking in nutrients. Dateolates are a healthy alternative that still provides that chocolate taste but with a deliciously rich date paste filling. They're high in antioxidants, iron, potassium, and magnesium. They're also coated in a light chocolate exterior, leaving you satisfied and with much more beneficial ingredients.
Another benefit of Dateolates, and dates in general, is the beautiful marriage between the high fiber content, carbs, iron, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, folate, and niacin) which result in a smooth energy boost that's consistent throughout the day. That lunchtime slump is solved with ease from the pick-me-up that the dates provide all afternoon long.
In traditional chocolates, the caffeine and artificial sugars result in a rapid boost that fizzles out quickly leading to a major crash. Your day could be significantly slowed as the effects start to wear off. Dateolates, on the other hand, provide steady and natural fuel for hours. They cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels so you feel more regulated. You can even pop a few before the gym in the afternoon and use the slow-releasing carbs as a structure for a great workout.
After lunch, you may be feeling a bit full. Having a snack a while later that helps move things along smoothly can, ironically, get you feeling a little lighter. Dates are high in fiber (half a cup is 25% of your daily requirement) and they also contain sorbitol, which helps get the digestive tract moving, similarly to a laxative. Speeding up the metabolic rate will slowly help you feel ready for dinner and 'lighten your load' for the rest of the afternoon.
Because of the high fiber content, you only need a few dates to get that satisfied feeling. They help with digestion, but they themselves digest slowly in your body so you aren't tempted to go overboard. They're the perfect snack to tide you over until dinner and keep you moving throughout your day productively.
Biting into a Dateolate is so satiating, it satisfies that chocolate craving every time. We like to say, “Chocolate with dates; healthier, more satisfying.” And it's true. This is the snack that keeps giving back. It tastes so sweet and rich, like chocolate, while providing you nutrients and energy throughout your busy day. Your GI tract will thank you!