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Health & Wellbeing / Tamsin Salfrais

How You Can Get Fit Eating Chocolate, Seriously

Ah, chocolate. Our bff in times of happiness, hunger, sadness and pain.

Although choco is high in magnesium, which is great for relieving cramps and increasing energy, and dark chocolate *is* better than its milky counterparts, we’d be kidding ourselves if we said gorging on the stuff would make Gwyneth Paltrow proud. 

Until now. It may sound like a slightly late Christmas miracle, but we’ve discovered a way to indulge in chocolatey goodness and get fit. Yes, seriously, our PMS prayers have been answered.

Protein powder positivity

Introducing Vega Essentials, a nutritional powder that comes in an indulgent chocolate flavour (or vanilla, if that’s more your thing), and a healthy alternative we actually want to reach for.

Like our January #PPPostivity pledge, Vega don’t focus on what we should remove from our lives, or diet, but instead what you can add. In this case, it’s a bucket load of tasty, plant-based nutrients that unlike cauliflower brownies or brussel sprout pies, will make your recipes taste just as good as their not-so-healthy counterparts.

The power is made up of real leafy greens, peas, flaxseed and hemp and is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and 13 essential vitamins. All in one scoop. And it tastes just as chocolatey as actual cocoa. Yep, we know #foodcrush.

The science behind it

We require a set amount of carbs, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals day-to-day, and can usually get these from a balanced diet. However, when working out, we’re essentially breaking down our muscles in order for them to grow back stronger. That’s where protein comes in.

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Essential for muscle growth and the immune system, you can reap the health benefits of Vega even more so after your run/barrecore/cycle session as your body is in a state that absorbs the protein quicker. Thanks to Vega’s high nutrient content, a shake to start your day (and give you the energy to face the awful commute) is also a good idea for all the non-morning people out there.

If shakes don’t float your boat, give one of their mouthwatering recipes a whirl; they’re enough to make us want to hit the gym right now so we can treat ourselves straight after tbh. From mint chocolate fondant, to cherry cocoa smoothies, there’s no need to curb your sweet tooth, or get the post-binge guilt.

Vegan? Alternative protein sources are even more important when it comes to plant-based diets. These food choices are very low-fat, low-calorie, and can result in a lack of protein so why pass up on a heap of extra nutrients when they’re as tasty as this?

And if that wasn’t enough, the PP Squad get a cheeky January deal! Not only will you get a sachet of Vega Essentials Chocolate in your January Pink Parcel, but you’ll also receive £5 off when ordering a full-sized tub (just use PINKPARCEL5 when ordering a 613g tub from Amazon).

Healthy chocolate and bargains. Is this looking like the best start to the year ever, or what?!

If you haven’t signed up to Pink Parcel yet, it’s time to start enjoying your period! Subscribe here and you’ll have everything you need (and want) sent directly to your door.

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