Prebiotic chocolate bark
One of my favourite super simple recipes from my first book, Eat Yourself Healthy (available on Amazon & all the book stores). It takes less than 5 minutes to make, is so tasty and packs an extra gut-loving punch.
For those who love the science: The dried mango and pistachios are full of prebiotics, which are essentially foods that feed your beneficial microbes. Prebiotic foods come with a whole host of benefits and have been linked with improved blood-sugar regulation, support bone health, skin health and immunity.
I've also added the extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate drizzle for a bonus polyphenol hit (good plant chemicals that also feed our gut microbes). The darker the chocolate and higher percentage of cocoa, the more polyphenols - which explains why dark chocolate has been linked with a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes (of course in moderation!). In fact, one study found that daily consumption of cocoa significantly lowered blood pressure – a key risk factor for heart disease. It's also linked with better mental health, maybe it's that gut-brain axis at play.