Almonds are a delicious and highly nutritious food and you’ll see them feature in many of my recipes. The health benefits of almonds are many. Several studies have concluded that including almonds in your diet is protective against heart disease and diabetes. Recent research has found that including a handful of almonds in the diet of the participants, reduced hunger and did not contribute to weight gain. In fact, quite the opposite. Many studies suggest that those who include nuts in their diet regularly are less likely to gain weight.
But not all almonds are created equal, so when buying them, try to buy only raw and unsalted varieties. Preferably soak them to increase their nutrient availability. The almonds in many of the ‘snack’ mixes are roasted in vegetable oil (for more on why you need to avoid it, click here) or at very high temperatures (which is damaging to the fats in the nut) and very salted – that is they are quite processed.
Coming into the festive season, I thought I’d share some simple and delicious ways to prepare almonds for a healthy snack. These are just so easy to make and you can store them for long periods of time in airtight containers or jars (in the fridge or freezer is best). Double or triple the recipe to make in bulk. These are so much more delicious than anything you can buy.
They are also lovely tossed through salads (or the sweet almonds can be added to desserts).
Tamari Roasted Almonds
Indian Spiced Almonds
Sweet Spiced Almonds
Any nut or seed will do
These mixes can be applied to any nut or seed.
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