Christmas can be a pretty stressful time and sitting down with a cheeky bar of chocolate may be your perfect antidote to festive chaos. However, if you’re trying to keep the health wagon in sight over the holidays, here are five unique ways to make the most of chocolate without simply eating it.
- Wind down with a massage that’s good enough to eat
You may wonder why anyone would waste good chocolate by using it as moisturiser instead of dessert, but trust us, a chocolate massage is an experience not to be missed.
Cocoa butter’s nourishing effects and uplifting aroma will give all your senses a treat. No wonder many spas are now offering luxurious chocolate massages, scrubs and body wraps.
But for those of us on a budget, here’s a super simple DIY version – just mix your favourite essential oil with some cocoa butter and a pinch of cocoa powder. Now all you need is someone to play masseuse.
- Wake up and smell the chocolate!
If you struggle to venture out from beneath the duvet at this time of year, we’ve got the answer. Chocolate oatmeal! This hot and creamy breakfast is not as naughty as it sounds – containing only one teeny weeny square of chocolate.
Cook your oats as you normally would, grate a square of dark chocolate over the top and watch it melt. Garnish with some raspberries if you’re feeling fruity.
The chocolate will boost your mood and the oats will help keep you full until lunch, making it easier to say no to that mid-morning mince pie (if you really want to…).
- Chocolate lip balm for the person who has everything
Stand at a bus stop for more than five minutes, and you’ll know that this winter weather is not exactly skin-friendly. Give your lips a little TLC with some gorgeous homemade chocolate lip balm: just melt 2 teaspoons of shea butter, 1 teaspoon of grated chocolate, and a few drops of essential oil, and let it set in an old lip balm pot. Also makes a lip-smackingly good stocking filler.
- Create some ‘fondue’ festive memories with friends! (Geddit?)
Instead of watching the same Christmas film for the third time in a week, how about inviting some friends over for a chocolate fondue party? Spending time with friends is one of the best ways to de-stress, and with all those rosy fondue-sharing moments, you’ll feel like you’re in your very own Christmas ad.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl and add some Pura coconut oil to keep the chocolate from setting. Create the perfect dipper platter with chopped fruit, cake cubes and marshmallows.
But remember, anyone who double dips gets a fondue forfeit!
With these unconventional ways to enjoy chocolate, you can spoil yourself without feeling like a stuffed turkey this Christmas.
And if you’re getting foodie over the festive season, check out our range of liquid coconut oils.
 Readers Digest, Health Benefits of Chocolate
 Psychology Today. The Health Benefits of Socializing