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Monday, July 1, 2013

#GoOrange! Plus Chocolate Oranges with Pistachios

Fruits and vegetables take up 90% of my shopping cart in my weekly grocery shop so when I received an email asking me to be a part of Go Orange! I jumped at the opportunity.

Go Orange! is a campaign run by Citrus Australia to inspire and encourage you to stop leaving oranges at the bottom of the fruit bowl, something I'm definitely guilty of. Sure, orange's can't be eaten on the go like an apple can, but this little nutrient powerhouse definitely deserves a few dedicated minutes of your day.

We all know that oranges are bursting at the seams with Vitamin C but they also contain antioxidants and powerful nutrients to nourish and take care of your body. These antioxidants combined with their high water content also treat your skin and give you a glowing, supple complexion as well as a helping hand with slowing down the aging process of your skin.

Oranges are a wonderful winter fruit to give you a natural boost in immunity and help you power through the colder months. Their naturally occurring folate, potassium and fibre also support a healthy heart.

They're low GI and as a bonus, their fibre helps you feel fuller for longer, making them a wonderful afternoon snack.

With their Go Orange! campaign, Citrus Australia is asking you to eat an orange a day for 10 days and reap all the benefits. I'm going to be posting a few recipes to help you along over the next few days but let's start with something easy:

Chocolate Dipped Oranges with Pistachios

Oranges are delicious, no one is arguing with that fact, but sometimes you just want a little something extra. So, in the spirit of Go Orange, we're making our whole oranges a little more dessert worthy.

You'll need

1 Orange, peeled and separated into segments.
Chocolate for dipping, I'm using Loving Earth's Chocolate Coconut Butter (because it's delicious), any chocolate will work.
Chocolate, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, I used Loving Earth Coconut Mylk chocolate.

First, put the chocolate and pistachios into a food processor and pulse them until they're roughly chopped, you could always chop them with a knife if you don't have a food processor handy.

Next, gently melt the chocolate you're using to dip the oranges into until it's a liquid and then dip, dip away. I coated mine half way. If you're using the Loving Earth Chocolate Coconut Butter like I am you'll need to make sure you stir it really well or it won't stick to the oranges.

Let them rest on a plate as you're dipping the rest.

When they're all finished, sprinkle the chocolate and pistachio mix over the top and let them set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

And you're finished!

Come back for more orange recipes throughout the week!

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