These day’s I’m not into New Year’s resolutions and the multiple social network posts ‘New Year, New You’ are frankly a little alarming! However, it is no surprise that one of the UK’s most popular New Year resolutions is to lose weight and eat healthier. Sadly, the NHS calculates that only one in ten of us stick to our resolutions.
Last year The Independent reported: ‘Friday 24 January is the day when the UK’s collective willpower is most likely to be broken – and has been dubbed “Fail Friday” as a result.
According to responses from 750 participants who said they would be making resolutions this year and had made them in the past, the average length of time a person can expect to keep to their promise is around three and a half weeks, or 24 days.’
Kicking the chocolate habit is right up there in the items to pull back on, after a December of eating tubes of Quality Street, Heros, Roses and Celebrations which were meant for presents, it’s time to resume ‘normal’ chocolate habits. However, the beast has been fed and wants more!! What do to??
All you can see are walking bars of chocolate, brightly coloured wrappers and soon enough you find yourself hiding your guilty habit. But don’t despair, or to dive face first into a chocolate fountain a la Geraldine from the Vicar of Dibley.
Stop panicking, you aren’t in a spiraling nose dive of doom into a half-finished tub of Quality Streets, you CAN stick to your pre-planned diet of vegetables and fruit, you just need something to take the edge off, you need healthy chocolate. Yes, healthy chocolate is a thing, so step away from the emergency tub of Heroes, put the chocolate ice cream back into the freezer, we have a solution that allows you to have your cake (chocolate) and eat it.
Healthy chocolate is not a contradiction in terms. Chocolate is healthy (if you remove the soya lecithin and the sugar), especially if it’s above 70%. Chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and the brain. Recent studies have even suggested that it is beneficial in tackling today’s major health challenges of diabetes, obesity and autism. Chocolate is also:
- Rich in minerals (potassium, zinc and selenium).
- Packed full of flavonols.
- It can help you lose weight (yes, really).
- But best of all – it is choc full of phenylethylamine. What is that? Why it’s the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love, yes, eating chocolate makes you happy.
So how do you remain happy and healthy? There are two simple options:
- Buy artisan chocolate from emerging brands such as Sweet Virtues (who use only high quality, organic and nutrient-packed ingredients, their chocolates are free-from gluten, dairy, with no added sugar, preservatives or additives). Stocked in Whole Foods and other places listed here.
Go-to healthy eater Deliciously Ella, launched her yummy chocolate energy balls as an off the shelf purchase! Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free cacao and almond energy balls made with just six natural ingredients! Find them at Waitrose, Ocado and some Whole Food stores.
- Make it yourself at home. Follow Ella’s easy recipe for; Chocolate Orange Truffels. This simple and delicious mix of sweet dates with raw cacao, orange, coconut oil and a pinch of salt will make everyone happy. Follow Ella’s recipe or try Livia’s Kitchen, in this video recipe she shows you how to make dark chocolate, no thermometers, or lots of heating and cooling and who knows what else. This easy to follow, delicious recipe allows you to easily make chocolate yourself, in your own home and add flavours you like, experiment with sweetness (I love adding nut butters!) in order to create a chocolate bar that is uniquely yours and good for you.
Healthy chocolate is not just for dry January – it’s a game changer. It’s the answer to the questions you haven’t thought of yet: it is a miracle worker and it is just simply scrummy.
Happy New Year!!