Let’s be honest… the one thing that scared me the most about starting a healthier lifestyle was the thought of giving up chocolate.
I’ve always been a ‘sweet tooth’ type of girl – at parties I would go straight for the lollies and cakes instead of the potato chips and party pies – and while I definitely didn’t eat chocolate on a regular basis, I would occasionally get cravings for it (strong ones!). So the thought of having to deny myself those cravings… well, I knew it was going to be a legitimate struggle.
And then, (cue joyous music) I discovered Pana.
Pana Chocolate is raw, organic and handmade in Melbourne. It’s also gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free, low GI and vegan. It is a literal answer to my prayers and music to my ears – zero exaggeration.
Made with the purest of ingredients such as raw cacao and coconut oil, it’s the same indulgent treat I’ve always loved, but with real health benefits and no icky feelings afterwards. And dare I say it; I actually think it tastes better! Yes, it’s super rich (because cacao is chocolate at its purest form), but if you like dark chocolate then it’s not too far of a stretch. Other raw chocolate I’ve tried has been more bitter and almost chalky or dry, but Pana truly melts in your mouth! In my opinion, it doesn’t taste like it’s good for you, meaning it fully satisfies all cravings.
The chocolate comes in a number of different flavours: Raw Cacao, Cinnamon, Fig + Wild Orange, Mint, Coconut + Goji, Nuts, Sour Cherry + Vanilla, Orange, Rose, and Eighty (which is 80% cacao). According to founder and creator Pana Barbounis, Coconut + Goji is their most popular variation – it was also the bar that started my personal love affair with the brand! Since then I’ve tried Fig + Wild Orange, Orange (not much difference between those two), Mint, and Sour Cherry + Vanilla… all of which I seriously adore. From what I can tell, you really can’t go wrong with Pana.
The bars can be bought from most health food stores and the Pana website for $6.50, but if you’re lucky you may find some on sale (heads up for Melbournites – the discount health shop on Swanston St. sells them for $4.95!).
If you’ve never heard of Pana before… you’re welcome! Now you can go get your chocolate fix – and actually feel good about it!
— Daisy xx