I think perhaps the thing I find hardest about striving for healthier eating habits is the controlling of my sweet tooth. I’m not really one for dessert (I’d seriously rather have another starter at the end of a meal than a pudding) but there are certain times of day (mid-morning, a couple of hours after lunch, when watching a film or reading after dinner, the list goes on…) when I find myself sniffing around for something sugary. I can start the day with all the best intentions, but I often find myself slipping up at these dangerous moments. Pair this with the fact that I’m not really one for moderation (if I have one, I want them all), and I end up really struggling to balance my wish for a cleaner diet and my contradictory ‘need’ for sweetness.
This rather annoying tendency to slip up led me to think about what I could do to control my lapses in a way that left me satisfied but also wasn’t going to completely derail a healthy eating plan. My mind immediately rested on dark chocolate. We’ve all heard that, in moderation, dark chocolate has a whole host of health benefits and I figured this would be a good ingredient to spring from… a quick brainstorm later and this superfood dark chocolate bark came to life. The almonds provide crunch, the goji berries a bit of chew and the wheatgrass powder an interesting depth of flavour, let alone numerous health benefits (if you haven’t tried it, it tastes a bit like a green tea). What I love about this, and what makes it so perfect for the moderation of sugar-cravings, is that the dark chocolate (the darker the better!) is so rich that this isn’t the kind of treat you want to sit and scoff; it’s something to be savoured a few bites at a time.