Chocolate Bark - The Yoga Connection

Following on from my last blog piece I was reminded of one of my favourite easy recipes – chocolate bark. At this time of year I am always looking for things to make that can impress a crowd. They need to store well so I can make them in advance for when people pop by. Plus it is a simple base recipe that you can make into many different flavours. Below are a few I’m making:

Peppermint Christmas Chocolate Bark

1 block 80-90% cocoa chocolate

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tspn peppermint oil or essence

Take chocolate and coconut oil and melt over a low heat until fully melted. Add peppermint and stir until mixed through.

Spread evenly on a lined tin and place in fridge to cool.

Once set cut or break into pieces.

Peanut Slab

Take the same amount of chocolate and oil. Add ¾ cup of roasted, shelled peanuts (or use differents nuts such as hazelnuts or almonds).

Stir through and allow to cool.

Cut or break into pieces.

Coconut Rough

Take the same amount of chocolate and oil. Add ½ cup of coconut.

Stir through and allow to cool.

Cut or break into pieces.


4r1ypmgo52i-sven-scheuermeierFESTIVE OVERINDULGENCE

This is certainly the season of indulgence, enjoying all the foods that we love and often having a little too much of it. Here are a few tips to avoid lying on the couch rubbing your tummy for comfort!

Start your day with apple cider vinegar –

This will give your insides a clean and a digestive head start, lessoning the load on your system and helping things more through your intestines supporting your liver and kidneys.

Add raw food to your meals –

Whether it is a salad or raw vegetables, by adding anything raw you are adding enzymes to your meal. These enzymes act as a digestive aid and help the body to break down food and move it through your intestines. Raw, living food is a great way to counterbalance a lot of stodgy or cooked food.

Include more probiotics –

Whether that comes in the form of Sauerkraut, Kombucha, pickled vegetables or probiotic yoghurt, probiotics are always helpful with digestion. A probiotic works by assisting the gut bacteria and strengthening the good ones. When these are strengthened they assist with the break down of food in your stomach.

Don’t drink too much when eating –

For food to be broken down it requires gastric juices. And did you know that digestion starts in the mouth? We produce something called salivary amilase which starts the breakdown of food right as we are chewing. So if you are drinking a lot of liquid while you are eating then you are diluting the gastric juices availability and that doesn’t allow for optimal digestion.

Thanks for reading and following my posts this year and I hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

For more tips and tricks follow Tracey on Instagram @traceynaturally or Facebook at T.A inc and check out her previous posts under Nutrition in the YogaTalk Categories!

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