Indulgence

Recipe of the Month – Chocolate Christmas “Pudding”

Recipe of the Month Ruth's Christmas Pudding

Christmas is a time for family, friends, fun …. and, well, food! While it isn’t ideal to scoff handfuls of chocolates and mince pies, a little indulgence over the festive period won’t do any harm. This recipe is based on a new tradition that has crept in over recent years …. a Chocolate Biscuit Cake made in the shape of a Plum Pudding – pure novelty!

Traditional Chocolate Biscuit Cake is laced with milk chocolate, sugar, sometimes condensed milk and is crammed with sugar-filled biscuits and treats. This version on the other hand is still indulgent, but is kinder to your body. It uses nuts instead of biscuits along with delicious dark chocolate, zingy crystallised ginger and is sweetened with Brown Rice Syrup (a fructose-free sweetener). A real treat for December 25th and one the whole family will love!

Ingredients

275g Butter
200g 75% Organic Chocolate
150ml Organic Brown Rice Syrup
60g Crystallised Ginger, roughly chopped
100g Ground Almonds
100g Organic Almonds, roughly chopped
100g Macadamia Nuts, roughly chopped
200g Organic Raisins

Method

  • Line a 1 litre pudding bowl with 2 layers of cling film as smoothly as possible, leaving some hanging over the edges (you’ll use these to pull the pudding out once it sets)
  • In a large pot over a gently heat, melt the butter, chocolate and brown rice syrup, mixing regularly
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir through
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared bowl. Tap the bowl gently on the worktop a few times to fill any air pockets.
  • Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours but preferably over night.

Tip
Use Ready-to-roll icing to decrate the pudding or simple top with crystallised fruit and chocolate shavings!

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Give Your Liver A Helping Hand This Christmas!

Give your liver a helping hand

The season of indulgence is on us and indulgence inevitably leads to stress for the liver and possibly also for the waistline so this year why not take a few simple steps to boost your liver’s function before Christmas? We’re on a mission in Only Natural, we just did some great training with Caroline Harmer who works with Renew Life UK, the leaders in natural health supplements for digestion and metabolism and here’s Caroline’s considered take on what you can do right now to guarantee a happier, healthier Christmas and beyond.

Looking after your liver during the Christmas party season

Many people find themselves thinking about cleansing in January and detoxing their liver following the Christmas festivities. But there are things you can do to support your livers health while indulging in festive food and drink.

The liver is your major detoxification organ, performing over 500 functions in the body. Even with healthy organic eating, purified water, restful sleep, and regular physical activity, in today’s modern world the liver requires additional support to keep up with everyday stressors, environmental pollution, and chemical toxins.

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LiverDTX from Renew Life – Product of the Month

Product of the Month LiverDTX
Now that you’re convinced to act now rather than let the Christmas splurge leave you in even more dire need of this product here are some details of just how it works!

LiverDTX is a unique, 30-day two-part cleansing program designed to cleanse and detoxify the liver, while at the same time, support and enhance normal liver function.

LiverDTX Part 1 contains herbs which have long been used by tradition practitioners to support detoxification of the liver. Part 2 contains a blend of amino acids and amino acid derivatives that help support optimal liver function, including bile production, and antioxidants.

LiverDTX works on many different levels. First, it works to enhance the natural detoxification action of the liver by enhancing both Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detoxification. Second, LiverDTX works to support and enhance liver function, such as the production of hormones, enzymes, and regulation of blood sugar levels. In this way, LiverDTX not only helps support the liver, but thousands of bodily processes that are necessary for optimal health.

LiverDTX also helps stimulate the liver’s production of bile, which is used to emulsify dietary fat. Bile is also used as a vehicle to carry toxins into the small intestine, where they are absorbed by fibre and removed from the body through the colon.

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