...and welcome to the Naturally Chiropractic April newsletter
Bunnies, eggs ... and kids
It's nearly Easter and who needs an excuse to celebrate? Chocolate – yum! This is also a time to bring your kids in for a spinal check, which we know might be a challenge for some. However, to make it lots of fun for them (and you) we will be running a colouring competition with a prize for the 0-5 age group and another for the 5-10's.
A child's nervous system function is still developing in these formative years, in fact, it will continue to develop until they are 7 or 8 years old. After that, their nerve pathways are set so it's important that development is done correctly to ensure a healthy future.
Chiropractic assessments for children are simple – we analyse their posture and balance by using simple exercises disguised as play (more fun!). We can then adjust the spine with little stress or worry and advise on regular exercises that will help ensure their nervous system learns and strengthens in the right way.
A half hour session for a new child patient is £25 and regular appointments afterwards it is £15.
Yum!! Food...
And now onto the good stuff.

Chocolate is good for you,
or it can be. But it does depend on how you eat it.

CHOCOLATE
Chocolate is a natural product made with seeds of the cacao tree. When fermented, the cocoa bean produces cocoa butter and solids, which are then used to make dark chocolate by adding a little sugar. Where "chocolate" as some people know it goes wrong is that sorts of additives are added. Milk chocolate has less than 30% cacao, the remainder is sugars, flavourings and chemicals but never any real milk.
The health benefits of eating good quality dark chocolate include it's ability to provide anti-oxidants, improve mood and reduce inflammation. For more information, read this excellent article.

So, as long as you choose the right types and don’t go too mad (most health experts recommend that we stick to about 30g of chocolate a day, or six small squares) there is no reason to avoid this delicious object of our affections.

CHOCOLATE Recipes
Here are a couple of top recipes that use chocolate in a completely natural way.
The bunny would be proud.
~ Chocolate and raspberry truffles
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil
| 1 cup top quality cocoa | 1/2 tsp vanilla extract | 1/2 cup honey | 1/4 tsp sea salt | 2/3 cup fresh raspberries
DIRECTIONS:
Melt butter over a low heat, mix in the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sea salt, and honey. Stir constantly until you have a thick, homogeneous texture. Stir the chocolate mixture rapidly for another thirty seconds but be careful not to overcook or the chocolate will burn. Remove from heat. Fold in the fresh raspberries, then spread in a lined tray or truffle size paper cases. Pop a fresh raspberry in the top and enjoy!
~

Chocolate avocado dip

INGREDIENTS:
4 pitted dates
| 1 ripe avocado | 1/4 cup orange juice | 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder | 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
DIRECTIONS:
Place the dates in a cup or small bowl and cover with water and soak for an hour. Drain well then place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz.
Serve immediately as it is or with some fruit to dip.
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