Deliciously decadent, these balls should be eaten in moderation as they contain high amounts of fat.
In saying that, they make a delicious treat for a special occasion!
So simple and easy, these cookies will be a sure-hit with your family and friends.
Craving something sweet and chocolatey? These cookies are sure to kick those cravings in the butt!
Often when we're craving something sweet, specifically chocolate it can mean that our body is actually craving a certain mineral, vitamin or other nutrient.
For example, chocolate cravings can indicate that you body may need some magnesium or carbohydrates to help boost it's mood or energy levels (Magnesium is an important cofactor for neurotransmitter synthesis such as dopamine and serotonin, and is required to synthesis ATP/energy from the food we eat). Carbohydrates help tryptophan (the serotonin precursor) cross the blood brain barrier to create more bioavailable serotonin (aka the happy/feel good neurotransmitter). It's funny isn't it? That our body has its own way of saying "Hey you! I need something to make me feel better!".
However, before you think it's ok to reach for that deliciously fatty and sugar rich chocolate bar...take a step back and have a big drink of water - often when we're getting mixed cravings our body is simply dehydrated. This will also give you some time to think of a more healthy alternative to some Cadbury chocolate.
Cacao (not to be confused with Cocoa - it's the raw form of the cacao bean and has a much higher nutritional profile) is naturally rich in the mineral Magnesium, which as mentioned is an essential cofactor in what's called the Krebs/TCA cycle; this specialized cycle is when our body creates ATP (energy) from the food we eat. Magnesium is also required for healthy neurotransmitter synthesis, which can improve our moods, cognitive function and even our sleep! Magnesium is also a wonderful mineral because it acts as a Calcium antagonist - which functions in muscular tissue by enabling our smooth muscle tissue to relax and stop cramping/spasming. Magnesium is a fantastic mineral to aid in stress relief; it helps down regulate what's known as our 'HPA axis' (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) and reduce our levels of cortisol (our stress hormone). So enough about me blabbing on about how much I love magnesium (and let me tell you, those facts above are just the tip of the iceberg for all the wonderful actions Magnesium has on our body) - lets get into the recipe!
With the colder months rapidly approaching, so are increased incidence of virus's like the cold and flu.
Some key nutrients that can help prevent, and reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms can easily be combined into a delicious winter soup.
Some key areas integral for the health of our immune system includes our gut and microbiome aka healthy gut bacteria. As our gastrointestinal tract comes into contact with all sorts of bugs, pathogens, toxins and food from the outside environment, it's important that our immune system resides there to help fight off any harmful invaders.
Some environmental, diet and lifestyle factors that may reduce the integrity of our gut lining and diminish our healthy bacteria include:
Before we start trying to compensate for all of the above by buying some probiotics, they're not going to be actually doing all that much if our gut lining is permeable. Heard of "Leaky Gut"? All of the above can diminish the integrity of our gut lining, and yep, you guessed it, it allows it to become permeable - meaning that the cells are no longer in their tight junctions, and food/pathogens and toxins can freely flow into the blood stream, and wreak havoc on your body. Have you ever had brain fog after eating certain foods? Or seem to have brain fog quite regularly? Chances are the food you're eating, or lifestyle factors may be causing this leaky gut/leaky brain scenario.
Don't freak out - we can help quite effectively with nutritional and herbal medicine.
Some key nutrients required to heal your gut include:
NOW INTO THE RECIPE!
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