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Immunity-Boosting Chocolate Giveaway!

by jenny sansouci on December 13, 2012

Hi, friends! If you know me, you know how excited I get about raw chocolate. My love for it is borderline excessive at times. Especially around the holidays, when the general love for chocolate is thick in the air. Wheee!

One of my all-time favorite brands of raw chocolate is Gnosis Chocolate. Vanessa Barg, founder of Gnosis Chocolate, went to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with me — and that’s where her chocolate business got started! For years now, I have truly loved supporting (and eating) her high-quality, packed-with-superfoods chocolate.

What’s so awesome about Gnosis chocolate?

Made with respect for the origins of cacao, the well-being of our society, and Earth’s natural majesty, Gnosis products celebrate health and integrity. To ethically sourced cacao, they add low glycemic sweeteners and high nutrition superfoods – resulting in an exquisite balance of flavor and function. Elegantly packaged with only the most sustainable of materials, Gnosis is an indulgence to delight both palate and conscience.


Gnosis chocolate bars are loaded with superfoods, healing herbs and spices, and most importantly, love. πŸ™‚

Did you know that chocolate can actually boost your immune system and keep you healthy and happy? Well, Gnosis Chocolate can!! In the most delicious way possible, I might add. That’s the best news ever, right?

I bet your mouth is watering for some of this chocolate right at this very moment. Well, luckily for you I’m giving away some of Gnosis Chocolate’s most immune system-boosting treats to one winner!


1 Immunity Bar

Ingredients include:

Cardamom, Ginger (circulation, digestion, anti-inflammation)
Cinnamon(glucose metabolism, circulation, cognitive fuction & memory)
Echinacea (activates white blood cells for immunity)
Ginseng (endurance, stamina, endurance, stress reduction)
Rose Hips (60% more vitamin C than most fruits, anti-inflammatory)
Burdock Root (liver support for blood detoxification & lymph cleansing)
Chaga Mushroom (immune supporting and antioxidant properties)



1 3-piece pack of CinnaPecan truffles

Ingredients include:

Elderberry – (boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, for coughs, colds, flus, and infections)
Siberian Ginseng
– (energy, stamina, and physical endurance, memory, mental acuity, adaptation to stress)
Chaga Mushroom
– (immune supporting and antioxidant properties)
Rose Hips –Β 
(60% more vitamin C than most fruits, anti-inflammatory)
– (digestive aid, source of antioxidants, and anti-inflammation)


1 SugarPlum GingerBread bar

Ingredients include:

Plums (vitamin C, fiber)
(oleic acid, beta-sitosterol – a natural cholesterol-lowering compound)
Cinnamon (glucose metabolism, circulation, cognitive fuction & memory)
Ginger (circulation, digestion, anti-inflammation)
Cloves (antioxidants, metabolism, circulation)
Nutmeg (lower blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress)

The winner will receive all 3 of these!! I’ve tried them all and they are just too amazing for words.


Simply post a comment on this blog post in the comments section below and share YOUR favorite immune boosting tip! What makes you feel healthy and vibrant during the winter months?Β 


DECEMBER 19, 2012. I’ll pick a winner at random and you will be notified by email.

If you want to purchase some Gnosis chocolate of your own, you can use the code HEALTHYCRUSH-10 for 10% off everything on the site (excluding items that have already been marked down). The promo code will be active through January 10th. Place orders by Monday, December 17th for definite pre-Christmas delivery!

Β Good luck!!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Jordan Spencer December 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Wow, so happy to hear about your wonderfully delicious and healthy products! I can’t wait to try them out. I’m a chocolate lover and a health nut, what a perfect marriage you have here! I indulge myself with raw cacoa mixed with berries to up the antioxidant benefits in my green smoothies each day. That certainly keeps my happy and healthy!


Rachel Johnson December 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Can I enter? I have never tried this brand and I feel obsessed already. πŸ™‚ My favorite immune boosting tip during the winter months would have to be either ear oil (Prevented my youngest from getting tubes!) and adding trace minerals to my water each day πŸ˜‰


Erin December 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I add raw ginger and cayenne to my juice. I think it warms me up, too.


Lindsey Smith December 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

@Rachel Johnsonβ€”I thought the same thingβ€”can I enter? haha

And my favorite thing is warm water + lemon + ginger! Makes for a healthy winter πŸ™‚


Victoria December 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

It might seem odd but even in the winter i prefer homemade tomato gazpacho. Add in just a little bit of raw maca powder and ginger… yum!


Lauren December 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

My favorite immune boosting tip is hot water with cayenne, turmeric and lemon every morning as soon as I wake! πŸ™‚ great giveaway!!


Stacey December 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

My favorite immune boosting tip is taking Juice Plus every day and using elderberry syrup when I start to feel something coming on.


Brittany December 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hey Jenny! I can only choose ONE tip?! Oh em gee, but I have so many! Right now I’m working with hot water and lemon, mm mm good! It’s my new favorite thing. The hot water not only curbs my appetite, but the lemon adds a citrus party in my mouth and is packed with vitamin C.

Although after one of your insta-pics I went out and got myself some yummy Yogi ginger tea to fight those winter colds. I’m torn between the two. πŸ™‚


Rachel December 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

YUM! These all sound so delicious! To boost my immune system, I make sure to eat LOTS of leafy greens!!


Kathy December 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Fresh garlic and ginger are my go to for winter! This chocolate sounds amazing! I’ll definitely check it out! Happy Holidays!!


Elena Vo December 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Impressive! I’d love to try this “magic” chocolate as it sure promises a lot of health benefits.
I stick to my old and true recipe of a cup of chamomile tea with fresh ginger and raw honey each day…gives me energy, makes me more invinvible to colds and viruses and speeds up my metabolism.


Jordan D December 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

I drink lots of tea and always carry hand sanitizer!


Brittany December 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

Eating oranges and citrus fruit makes me feel like I’m boosting my immune system! If I feel a cold start to come on, I eat or drink oranges/orange juice and then my cold is usually gone before it starts!


manda kay December 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

To eat plenty of greens and whole milk. Getting vitamins from food makes me feel better.


Monica December 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

SLEEP is my favorite immune-booster! πŸ˜‰


Brooke December 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

My favorite immune booster is a juice! It has garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, apples, carrots, spirulina, and a few shakes of cayenne !!! Yummm!!!


Vegyogini December 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

My best tip is to maintain a consistently healthful, nutrient-dense regime throughout the year.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Charmaine December 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

The second I feel a tingle in my throat or a weird headache coming on that could turn into a cold or flu, I drink a tea available in Indian food stores called Joshanda that makes it all better! ( It has some kind of minty or licorice flavor and tastes great with honey or raw sugar.


Roni Martin December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

I adore raw chocolate now thanks to you Jenny!!! My favorite immunity boosting tip is ginger tea! I like the taste and it makes me feel warm and tingly all over!!


stephanie December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

My favorite immune boosting tip involves citrus. Hot tea with lemon, clementines & zinc help me stay on top of my game & break down any microbes that may have slipped past my immunological defenses. Clean eating, sleep, and exercise help, too πŸ™‚


Jen December 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I try to drink lots of herb tea with honey and lemon so that my immune system keeps flowing.


Liz December 16, 2012 at 2:35 am

A big veggie juice every day packed with as many different veg I can find in my fridge! I also try to eat a few cloves of raw garlic a week πŸ™‚


Kiki December 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

My go-to immune boosters are echinacea with goldenseal, cordyceps (mushroom goodness in capsules found at Whole Foods), grapefruit extract and Zicam’s homeopathic mouth spray. That plus the lemon/cayenne/ginger tea and plenty of good sleep!


Amanda December 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Awesomely sweet giveaway Jenny! I like to drink a little extra green juice and hot water with fresh lemon in the mornings and snack on lots of vitamin c-loaded citrus fruits to keep my immune system in tip-top shape during the winter months. πŸ™‚


Danielle T December 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

i just try to keep eating fresh fruits and veggies year round and try to not cook them to death in butter etc


Jill R December 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Drinking tons of water!


Catherine December 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Getting out and walking at least a few times a week makes me feel much healthier in the winter.


Mairi December 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Looks delicious!! My favorite immune boosting tip is to do daily abhyanga + dry brushing!


ikkinlala December 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

I try to make sure I get outside every day for fresh air and exercise.


Steven Floyd December 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My favorite immune boosting tip is to be in a constant state of drinking lemon water and practicing hot hatha/vinyasa yoga. πŸ™‚


Erika Matos December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Chaga, Reishi, Ginger, Vitamin D, Green Juice and a warm hat! <3 I love raw cacao. Everyday. Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall. πŸ˜‰ xo


Laura December 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I use coconut oil to boost my immune system!


christine December 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I love warm water, lemon, ginger, green juice, honey, raw GARLIC- smelly but so good!


Shannon December 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm

The best tip: GET SOME SLEEP, GIRLS!


*Drink lots of water
*remember to slow down + take some time for yourself
*lessen the stress – especially around the holidays!
*work on limiting beliefs that could be causing you stress and thus compromising your immune system
*move a little every day (yoga, walk, jog, lift weights, dance, climb, whatever gets you moving!)
*eat superfoods (bonus is they’re encased in chocolate!) :]
*get your greens in daily (an alkaline body is a healthy body)


Teresa Anet December 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Well, I have so many but, my latest is elderberry. Also, whey protein and increasing fermented foods. I also swear by a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear at the first sign of a cold. It seems to work in many to shorten the length of a cold. Oh, and of course zinc. πŸ™‚

I love your posts and blog. Great work!


Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My mouth is watering, as you know I’m a fan (half stalker of your blog πŸ™‚ I Love this give away besides my love for chocolate that cinnapecan Truffle looks like a dream. To boost my immune system I try to focus on my fav almost dessert like veggies (squash/sweet Potatoes) I also put a little honey on anything I can (apples/toast with cinnamon). Finger’s crossed I can indulge in the above sweet treats πŸ™‚


Lisa Carroll December 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Meditation and Garlic! Not all at once of coarse! I put garlic in alot of dishes and it helps to luv it and it certainly luvs me back! Meditation helps me keep my mind clear because it is soooo exhausting fighting with those voices in my head they usually win if I don’t keep them quiet!


sean December 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Raw cacao and spices …perfect for winter…..
To get fully immune I use cracked cell wall reishi spores πŸ™‚


bitt December 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

vitamin C and sunshine


Ttrockwood December 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

During the winter i drink lots of ginger tea and take a probiotic supplement and try to get as much sleep as i can!


Heather McCoy December 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

My favorite immune boosting tip is to use a neti pot if not daily, the minute you feel a cold coming on. It works everytime, followed by nasya oil.


Emily Shaw December 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

To keep my immune system in tip-top shape I believe in balancing mind, body and spirit so they work synergistically. My practice of Transcendental Meditation, proper nutrition, yoga and all forms of movement, a grateful attitude, healthy relationships, connection with nature and…rolling on the floor laughing…is the perfect immune booster recipe….plus of course some Gnosis chocolate, I’ve never tried it and raw chocolate is my name πŸ™‚


Sydney December 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

I can’t beleive I missed this!!!!!!!!! Ahhh! My favorite immune boosting tip is totally chocolate related πŸ™‚ I make warm hot chocolate with cacao powder and medicinal mushroom tea as the base, then i throw in some goji berries for texture (instead of marshmellows)! Also, I really love cold pressed aloe juice for immunity. Lastly, if you can handle (you definetly can) the sugar rush fresh orange juice is rediculously delicious and packed with vitamin C.


Wehaf December 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I find that staying hydrated is the best health-booster. I like to drink ginger tea!


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