Recipe: Chocolate orange almonds to satisfy snack cravings
Saying no to experiences we think are not good for us could inadvertently impact our health and wellbeing, according to clinical psychologist Linda Blair. Surprisingly, snacking is regularly avoided by 59% of Brits, who see it as an indulgence and feel guilty when they eat between meals. However, with a bit of planning, snacking can contribute towards a balanced lifestyle. For example, a handful of almonds combined with a little bit of dark chocolate is not only nutrient dense, but also packs a punch when it comes to flavour, making it the perfect snack to eat while on-the-go!
Linda says: ‘Balance and small kindnesses are key to a truly happy life. If you take time to focus on what you’re eating, and if you allow yourself to enjoy the experience – not only will you feel better able to control your food intake, you’re also likely to feel calmer and less worried generally.’
120g whole natural almonds
Pared zest of 1 orange (use a potato peeler)
2 tsp caster sugar
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
1. Put the almonds onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
2. Using a sharp knife, shred the orange peel finely. Put it into a saucepan with the sugar and 3 tbsp water. Heat to dissolve the sugar, then simmer gently to cook the orange peel until soft (about 2-3 minutes). By this time the water will have evaporated. Leave to cool.
3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir, then drizzle over the almonds. Scatter the shreds of orange peel on top and leave until the chocolate has set. Serve.
TIP: Add a handful of raisins or sultanas to the almonds, if you like.