We’ve reached the end of January, and for many of us, all those great intentions set out in our New Year’s Resolutions have dwindled a bit, and possibly even disappeared! Part of the trouble is that January is such a terrible time of year to try and make positive habit changes for anyone. Why? Well, it’s dark, it’s cold, we’re often tired, and lack enough motivation to carry out those changes for much more than a fortnight, typically.
If you have been able to keep to your resolutions, well done you! However, if you need a boost of motivation and a few ideas to take a few little steps to healthier habits, read on…
It’s not often that you see us trying to offer health advice, is it?! We’re all about indulgence, treats, frivolity and fun, after all! But who says all of those things have to come with a giant side-order of guilt? Why not rethink how we consume things rather than what we consume? So, rather than the common idea of giving up chocolate, maybe try a healthier version of chocolate, such as the newly stocked Firetree single origin chocolate bars.
These chocolate bars are made from single origin cacao, grown in volcanic soils, from various locations around the world. Each of the seven different bars have a different percentage cocoa solids, ranging from 69% to 100%. But it’s the flavour profiles which make these bars interesting, as (other than the 100% bar) you would struggle to tell which bar was which based on percentage cocoa solids alone. These bars have a berry fruitiness, a depth, a caramel or honey sweetness in some cases, plums and grapefruit, lemon citrus, raisins, figs, and a range of other flavours unique to each bar. The key is to let each small piece of chocolate melt on your tongue, coating all of the taste receptors, taking your mouth on a sensory journey as the chocolate flavours develop and change as it melts.
Other than creating flavour delights, enjoying these chocolate bars piece by piece, allowing each square to melt in this way on your tongue, you are appreciating the chocolate in a mindful fashion, reducing stress, heightening your enjoyment, and enhancing your experience. And then there are the many more commonly documented health benefits to dark chocolate, such as containing minerals like magnesium, iron and zinc; it’s rich in protective antioxidants, flavanols and polyphenols, promoting healthy heart, brain function and gut.
It all sounds almost too good to be true. Health chocolate? But trust me – you can still enjoy the good stuff and remain guilt free (Although I’d recommend starting with the 69% or 75% bars, and leave the 100% one for another time – it’s definitely an acquired taste!).