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Cocoa Amaranth Slabs

Amber Macintosh

Such a simple chocolate treat with the benefit of fibre and natural fats. You can interchange nuts for seeds if you are nut free and use quinoa pops instead of amaranth.


150g Organic dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids or vegan chocolate option

60g of Amaranth pops (available from Ocado or health food shops)

Small handful of golden raisins, the same amount of sliced almonds, of hazelnuts & toasted coconut chips

A drop, or teaspoon, of cinnamon


Line a small oven dish with baking paper. Meanwhile add a handful of the two nuts to a frying pan and lightly toast for 10 mins. Break the dark chocolate into pieces and place in a mixing bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stir till melted, adding the cinnamon and take off the heat. You can now combine all the dry ingredients with the chocolate, stirring so that everything is really well coated and press a 6 cm layer into your oven dish and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. So simple.

Cut into rectangular bars, store these in tupperware, and keep in the fridge - they will last for over a week but I assure you will be gone within days!!


Well really?

Amber Macintosh

After opening my social media and reading my Sunday paper this morning I am confused as to where the wellness industry is going. Maybe I am being reactive but I did promise to give you more of myself this year so wanted to share what was on my mind. The ancient medicine traditions from every corner of the globe have guided us for centuries to listen, be gentle on our physical bodies, exercise the mind, sleep well, eat in rhythm with the seasons - essentially be compassionate. It’s not rocket science but I fully appreciate that we may all need a gentle reminder when life goes off balance. Do we really need then to open the papers and read pages about the latest health guru telling us exactly the same thing as though it’s new news and jumping on Dr Chatterjees bandwagon by calling it four pillars! Between these programmes, when did life become a mindless programme, and Instagram squares of the current celery juice fad I am left feeling flat. Is it just me or are you getting a sense that the wellness industry is pulling your leg?!

It was with huge relief then that I received my ‘Gentle January’ guide from Emine & Paul Rushton (The Balance Plan) which has returned my sense of calm and reassurance that the world of wellbeing hasn’t quite gone mad! This week has also seen the launch of the Healthyish column in Grazia from straight talking, experienced journalist Susannah Taylor - it’s a great fun break from what has become a rather to serious business. Last but not least, back to Dr Chatterjee - The Four Pillar Plan and new Stress Solution are well researched, evidence based books from which you will pick up some interesting tips that you may just take forward as guidance in 2019.

I would like to add that you can’t go far wrong if you do a little of your own self exploration and really listen to what your body, mind and spirit desire. In return I will continue to research and unearth gems of the wellness world that we can all enjoy, if and when we choose, and gently bring you some of my own. xAmber