Everything always seems better when there’s chocolate and during these unsettled times, it’s only right that we enjoy what we can.
It’s vital more than ever to eat the right foods to support our health and immune system but a little indulgence with natural foods is also important.
My chocolate rocky road uses natural cacao powder which has been shown to influence the immune system through the inflammatory innate response and intestinal adaptive immune response, it does this by modifiying T cell functions to modulate gut antibodies (Perez-cano)
Using zinc rich pumpkin seeds can also help to boost the immune system with its anti-inflammatory actions and antioxidant properties. You see zinc helps to up-regulate the NF-kB activation leading to decreased gene expression and decreased oxidative stress and decreased inflammatory cytokines (Prasad)
And for the biscuit crunch I used Mr Organic multigrain biscuits which are packed with organic ingredients, flax seeds and chia seeds which contain immune boosting omega 3 fatty acids.
So here it is, my delicious rocky road…but be warned it’s addictive
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 heaped tsp tahini
2-3 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt
4 Mr organic multigrain biscuits
3 tbsp pumpkin serds
3 tbsp goji berries
In a small mixer add the cacao powder, melted coconut oil, tahini and maple syrup and a pinch of salt and blend until you get a smooth chocolate consistency
Stir in your broken biscuits, pumpkin seeds and goji berries and pour into a lined pan and pop into the fridge to harden and then cut into squares and enjoy
Perez-Cano et al. 2013. The effects of cocoa on the immune system. Frontiers in experimental pharmacology and drug discovery.
Prasad, A., 2020. Zinc In Human Health: Effect Of Zinc On Immune Cells.