You know we love keeping our magnesium levels topped up (better sleep, less irritable, more relaxed, less tense – what’s not to love?).
BUT we are fans of getting a boost of magnesium orally when it comes in the form of good quality chocolate!
Do yourself a favour and check out this recipe for chocolate salad (they’re just joking, it’s for Chocolate Truffles but with an added twist that renders them nigh on a health food) by Flourish Yoga in Takapuna.
Quick and easy, with very few ingredients. The longest part is waiting for them to set in the fridge. I still have to learn how to do this step correctly. My version of the recipe is ‘eat half of the mixture while it’s still warm and gooey’. Then ‘scrape the bowl clean and lick the spoon clean while you're at it’. Then ‘test the mixture once it's been in the fridge a bit to see how it’s setting’. So I can't really tell you how many this recipe makes. I guess it also depends on the size of balls you like!
200g bar good quality dark chocolate
One medium sized ripe avocado
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt (any salt will do but this is what we love)
A few shakes of cinnamon (or cayenne pepper if you're that way inclined)
Cacao or cocoa powder (whichever you prefer, no drama)
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt it. Some say the bain marie method is best, but I know people have success using the microwave. Just go in small increments and check as you go.
Mash the avocado so it stays a bit lumpy, not totally smooth.
Gently fold the avo, salt and spices into the melted chocolate. Don't stir or whip it.
Put the bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours so the mixture sets but is still soft enough to make your balls.
Using a spoon, roll the mixture into balls then roll them in the cocoa powder for that professional looking finish.
You can find the original recipe here:
* If you are taking an oral supplement, it's preferable to take it between meals so it's absorbed better. Spread it throughout the day if possible. Too much oral magnesium can act like a laxative, impairing your absorption of the mineral as it's excreted too rapidly from your body.
Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, a nuerosurgeon and pain management expert, recommends the use of magnesium oil applied to skin to restore intracellular magnesium levels successfully.
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