Monday 23 October 2017

Healthy take on a bold favourite: Terry's Chocolate Orange

Chocolate Orange Energy Balls
Chocolate Orange Energy Balls
Boost: Start the day with a glass of warm lemon water

Indy Power

Roll into a healthy new year with easy-to-make, nutritious, nutty batches of zesty energy balls.

Chocolate Orange Energy Balls

Energy balls are one of my favourite snacks - perfect for taking with you on the go or grabbing from the cupboard. This flavour is so delicious and simple, with just four nutritious ingredients. The cacao powder gives a rich chocolatey taste and is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It tastes incredible with the fresh orange juice and zest.

Makes 12-15. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Ingredients

110g dates

150g cashews or almonds

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 medium orange

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Add the dates to a bowl, then pour boiling water over them and leave them to soak.

Add the nuts to a roasting tin and roast at 180°C for about 8 minutes until golden.

Next, place the roasted nuts in your food processor and blend until fine. Add in the cacao powder and blend to combine.

Drain the dates and add them to your food processor.

Zest the orange and add the zest to the food processor with 2 tbsp orange juice. Blend for about 20 seconds until you have a sticky mixture.

Roll the mixture into balls.

Indy loves…

Starting the day with a glass of warm lemon water. This is something that’s been part of my morning routine for years now. Simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass and pop the squeezed lemon in too; fill halfway up with boiled water and then top with cold water. I sip on mine before getting dressed. Why? It helps to rehydrate the body after sleep, it’s said to stimulate stomach acid and bile production for improved digestion and liver function, and it’s full of vitamin C to boost your immune system and skin. Drink up!

Keep your balance

In January, everyone seems to be taking up new exercising and eating regimes and, although it’s great when anyone takes steps towards a healthier lifestyle, it’s really important not to get too caught up in fads and temporary fixes. We’re two weeks in, which is just about the time when people start to give up. That’s why balance and sustainability are key, and the focus should be on healthy habits that are enjoyable and realistic in the long term. If you are working on a complete diet overhaul, then don’t overcomplicate things — ditch all processed foods, cook from scratch and eat foods that make you, individually, feel good. When you start to feel better, you’ll want to keep going.

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