Superfood- The Mighty Almond

The mighty almond that could. Almonds are a high nutrient superfood packed with protein, 12 different vitamins & minerals, and fiber. Bet you didn’t know the last one. The 4 grams of fiber per ounce of almonds helps keep bellies feel fuller for longer.

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Why are almonds my nutty superfood? It contains (per oz):

  • Only 129 calories per oz or approx 23 almonds
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 6 grams of Protein

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, and a good source of calcium, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. Additionally they are a low GI (glycemic index) food.

  • Promoting: healthy bones, blood sugar, cholesterol, and energy levels.
  • Vitamins & minerals help to promote a glowing complexion and healthy hair

Availability of Almonds:

  1. Raw  – Alone or in a nutty mix. Available as plain, roasted, salted, seasoned, slivered, blanched, & baked
  2. Almond butter — Pure unsweetened, unsalted almond butter.  This stuff is quite addictive!
  3. Almond Milk — As a substitute for milk in oatmeal, smoothies, milkshakes, baking, or to drink. Bottoms up.

My favorite way to eat almonds are plain roasted. I also have many variations of almond butter at home, I spread it on toast and enjoy for breakfast with a smoothie or tea quite often.

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Raspberry Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

When I first heard of Chia seeds I automatically had the cha-cha Chia pets theme song play in my head. Turns out Chia seeds are more than grass grown on the popular 80’s Chia pets.

It took me a few tries to get the consistency right for a pudding. The best part is that it doesn’t even need overnight soaking.

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Ingredients: ( 1 Serving -Snack Size)

1) 4 Tbs Chia seeds
2) 3 Tbs Water
3) 3 Tbs Unsweetened Almond Milk
4) Sweetener of choice, I used 5 drops of liquid stevia

Toppings:
1) 4 Raspberries cut in halves
2) Cacao Nibs
3) Unsweetened shredded coconut
4) 1 Shredded pistachio

Directions:

1) In a jar or container place chia seeds and water. Shake well and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
2) Add milk and stir well (the milk will absorb and form a pudding like consistency)
3) Add Sweetener and stir
4) Garnish with toppings, serve, & enjoy!