This month, after a short break in New-York it’s the perfect time to revisit a famous chocolate-hazelnut spread, but also to talk about the outdoor sports trend that’s gaining speed: urban training.

Nut’healthy spread:

To make this spread, you’ll need 100 g dark baking chocolate, 180 g organic hazelnut purée, 100 ml hazelnut milk and 80 g coconut sugar or agave syrup. Start by melting the 90% dark chocolate in a bain-marie. Add the milk and hazelnut purée and mix well. Then, stir in the coconut sugar or agave syrup. Pour the mixture into a jar and let cool. Don’t hesitate to add your favorite nuts, berries or seeds (chia seeds, goji berries, cashew nuts, etc.). Ready, set, spread!

Banana, cocoa and mango smoothie:

For this energy drink, you need 1 sliced banana, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 25 g oats and 210 ml organic coconut water. Blend all the ingredients together until you obtain a creamy mixture. Pour the contents into a bowl. For garnish, add half a mango, peeled and diced, and 1 teaspoon cocoa bean morsels?  This blend gives a healthy boost to your skin, notably thanks to the alpha-lipoic acid in chia seeds and its high vitamin and mineral content.

Spotlight on health. Cocoa:

Cocoa is a food with many specific benefits for your health. Greek and Incan civilizations called it the “food of the Gods.”  It is antioxidant, stimulating and helps prevent cardiovascular illnesses. It’s also one of the best antidepressants in the world. In other words, cocoa has it all. However, once it is roasted and transformed into chocolate, it loses more than half of its properties. This is why it is always better to eat dark chocolate containing over 70% cocoa or simply cocoa beans. Don’t forget that everything is good in small amounts; just don’t overdo it.

Spotlight on sports. Urban training:

Summer is on its way. If you want to work out, but the idea of crowded gyms puts you off, then urban training is made for you. In recent years, this discipline has been gaining more followers, day after day. The concept: exercise! But outdoors and in a friendly atmosphere.

The goal is to use urban elements to tone your muscles in a smart way. Burpees, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and jogging will build your strength and balance your muscle chains. All this in the biggest open-sky gym you could wish for, surrounded by nature and with optimal oxygenation for your cells.  Accessible to all and inexpensive – you’ll love it!

Spotlight on well-being. Hygge:

Pronounced “hooga,” this Nordic tradition from Denmark is all the rage right now. The idea is to fill your days with little moments of joy.

Read a book, listen to music, visit loved ones, watch a movie or simply enjoy the sunset… The more of these moments you have, the greater your feeling of well-being and fulfillment each day. Start by visualizing the simple things that bring you happiness. Then, take the time to plan about 5 little moments of joy per day. The pleasure hormones, including dopamine, that are released will renew your positive outlook on life. By doing things that make you happy, you also improve your healthiness.

Home remedy. Aloe vera:

Native to Africa, Aloe Vera was also known as the “fountain of youth” by the Mayans. Used topically and ingested, it is absolutely non-toxic and has no contraindications. It stimulates the immune defenses, encourages skin healing and boasts anti-inflammatory and detoxifying powers.  Aloe vera helps treat skin ailments, acne, burns, sunburns, itching and eczema. It facilitates cellular regeneration. Cleopatra even used it to maintain her legendary beauty!  Applied every evening, it cleanses, revitalizes and moisturizes your skin, while chasing away early wrinkles. Try it for yourself and see.

Kévin Cherpillod, Ostéopathe D.O