A lot of people eat chocolate as an energy-booster, particularly before working out. But before you reach for that Snickers bar, it's important that you realize the benefits come from the chocolate, not the sugar! Chocolate contains mild stimulants (including theobromine and caffeine), and these stimulants help to boost energy in both your brain and your body. This is due to the flavonoids contained in both chocolate and cocoa, particularly flavonols. These flavonols can increase the flow of blood to your brain, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your "thinker". [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="554"] Source: foodimentaryguy.wordpress.com[/caption] If you're looking for a mild energy boost, there's nothing better than chocolate. Not only will it improve your mood--helping you to feel better for your workout--but it will deliver a shot of carbs that will give you the energy you need to get through that tough training session. Just make sure it's dark chocolate, not the sweet milk chocolate that is loaded with WAY too much simple sugar.