If you’re looking for another good reason to eat chocolate (and who isn’t?!), I just came across this New York Times article, which suggests chocolate might fuel workouts. The study that author Gretchen Roberts discusses is done on mice—but it got me thinking. Dark chocolate has a bit of caffeine, and research has shown that in reasonable doses, caffeine improves performance during running and other forms of aerobic exercise. It’s got a bit of carbs, too, which are crucial for keeping your body going on longer workouts. That makes for a tasty pre-cardio idea, and if you can keep your intake to a small square or two of dark chocolate, you’re only looking at 100 calories or so.
Have you tried snacking on chocolate before you work out?