Dark chocolate: history and health benefits

I have always had a passion for chocolate, dark chocolate precisely, the darker the better. I love the one with 75% of cocoa minimum, otherwise all I can taste is the sugar, and I wouldn’t want to lose the typical bitter notes of its flavour! Despite knowing it might not be the right season yet,…

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Aubergines and Peppers Caponata

Aubergines and peppers caponata: a summer recipe Since Summer it’s still here, I’m going for a recipe that definitely showcases the best of summer vegetables, with their full and rich taste. This is a traditional Sicilian recipe, and I always loved the balanced mix of flavours and the richness of it, together with the fact…

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Empowering ourselves: self approval and dopamine’s help

Rely on yourself I’ve learnt to pat myself on the shoulder saying to myself “Good job!” Because sometimes no one else would do it, and instead of doubting my choice I realize that I don’t need others’ approval, and having mine… Is just fine. Of course, having a team that cheers for you and supports…

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Sunshine In A Bottle: Meet St. John’s Wort

The golden saviour In the week of the summer solstice, I usually begin to look around fields and street borders, to try and spot if there is some St. John’s wort that can be harvested by the 24th of June, in order to prepare my annual batch of ruby red oil. I use it for…

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The Benefits of Green Tea

Green Love I have always loved tea, not only for its flavour, but for the romantic and aesthetic halo I’ve always associated it with. (Mad tea party anyone? I’ve thought since the first time I read it that, being Alice, I would have happily stayed with the Mad Hatter). And that was true for black…

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Berrycoconut Power Smoothie

This power smoothie is meant to be a refreshing and delicious immune boost snack. Easy to prepare, rich in all the good things that your body needs to recharge itself, to take care of your gut, to top in antioxidants and minerals! Why this Berrycoconut Power Smoothie is so good for you Maybe is the…

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Anti-Oxidants: why we need them and where to find them

Anti-oxidants are compounds naturally produced by our body, and present in a wide range of foods we eat. These are practically a group of different vitamins, minerals and compounds and phytochemical compounds, that help our body fight the action of free radicals. Know your free radicals and what they do Free radicals are found in…

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The Importance of Movement After 40

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin   Unfortunately, I grew up in a non-sportive environment, and I was not taught the importance of physical activity in itself. I was naturally quite active, but…

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ABC of Natural Wellbeing

What taking care of your wellbeing naturally really means   To understand the ABC of Natural Wellbeing, we need to focus on the word Wellbeing: it is defined as the welfare, health or happiness and prosperity of a person. Hence when we talk about Natural Wellbeing, we refer to a way to care for our…

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