Food related occasions, such as Almond Day, are pretty straightforward. However, in my opinion, straightforward is often synonymous with uneventful and colourless. To keep this blog going I don’t necessarily have to do something crazy, like see how many almonds I can fit in my mouth, but I do need to be more descriptive and engaging than saying “Today I ate some almonds”. And that, ladies and gents, is where graze comes in.
For those of you who haven’t heard of graze, it’s a great website where you can browse different types of healthy snacks, from nuts, dried fruits and crackers, to olives, seeds and flapjacks. (It’s a British website, but hopefully all you non-Brits have your own version.) You can rate as many or as few as you like and order specific combinations or go for potluck according to the site’s recommended types; your selected box is then delivered through your door on the day you specify. Or, instead of to your home, it could be to your workplace, that way you can nibble whilst sorting through SPAM emails and tedious Excel spreadsheets. A graze box comes with four compartments and I admit I find it hard not to select all of them from the ‘natural treats’ section, which offers indulgences the likes of Sticky Chocolate Crunch, Jaffa Cake and even After 3.30 Mint.
I generally order a graze box once or twice a month, always on a Friday so that it’s a treat for the weekend (barring the copious amounts of alcohol and the odd chip butty, of course), but this week I opted for a Thursday delivery. Usually I get a range, such as deli topped focaccia, nuts, seeds and a sweet dessert, but this time I went wholly for almond-based options.
So over the course of the day I’ve consumed:
Ancient Forest Nuts – walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. (Mmmm, natural.)
Nacho Libre – paprika almonds, mexicanos and jumbo chilli maize. (Ooohhhh, spicy!)
Cranberry and Honey Nut Granola – granola seeds, honey almond slivers and cranberries. (Oof, full o’ fibre!)
Billionaire’s Shortbread – fudge pieces, blanched almonds, milk chocolate drops and cranberries. (Nom-a-licious!)
Now that’s a lot of almonds. In fact I’m kind of wary as to the repercussions, if you know what I mean. But at least I managed to celebrate the foodstuff in a sensible, grown-up and straightforward manner…
53. I managed to fit 53 almonds in my mouth. There, you happy?