I think it’s time we talked about chocolate – because chocolate always makes us feel better, right?
We all know that refined sugar is not good for us, especially for those that suffer with anxiety, and that we must do everything we can to help balance our blood glucose levels. So people often ask what they can do to get a sweet treat and this is where I explain that chocolate is not as bad as people make it out be – it just depends on the type of chocolate. Very dark organic chocolate and raw chocolate have some excellent nutrient properties. Cacao (not cocoa) is the raw and unprocessed form of chocolate and the cacao bean is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there – with over 1500 active phytochemicals!! A couple in particular (anandamide and phenylethylamine if you are interested) are fantastic for elevating mood, clear creative thinking, provoking euphoria and enhancing focus and clarity. Lavender and Rose are also good for enhancing mood especially during times of anxiety. So……. I found a great recipe for lavender and rose chocolate from the fabulous Dale Pinnock – but remember – just a couple a day.
- 100g 70% dark chocolate
- ½ tsp lavender flowers
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 tsp rose water
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl over a gently simmering pan of water. Allow the chocolate to melt. Add the lavender flowers and the two essential oils, mix well and transfer to the moulds of your choice, an ice-cube tray would be ideal, pop in the fridge or leave to set. And enjoy!