Almonds – They Do A Body Good
I love almonds because as a snack they are a nutrient dense power house of goodness. Good for me, good for my body. Studies suggest that a one ounce serving which is about a 1/4 of a cup is loaded with nutrients and are touted for their health benefits. This chart from the Dr. Josh Axe website shows just how nutrient dense that one ounce serving is. You’ll find yourself hard pressed to get that same nutrient density and hunger fighting power from something like say a Snickers candy bar. The said Snickers bar was my dragon.
The Almonds Challenge
The problem I had with almonds is that they can get boring and bland when one is consuming them daily in their raw state. That’s when that window of opportunity would open up for that Snickers candy bar. I would want something sweet and salty to curb my appetite till dinner time and almonds weren’t cutting it.
The challenge became coming up with something that was sweet, as well as had that salty element. It needed to be something so good that it would put that dragon of mine, to sleep for good. As an extra element of surprise I included a whisper of heat to go along with the sweet. That’s a winning combination that I borrowed from Asian cuisine. This is what effectively helps me stay motivated, on track and satisfied.
These sweetly spicy almonds are consistently on my to do list of easy to make ahead snacks. After I make a batch, I portion them out individually and keep them in my freezer. This makes for an easy grab and go for my low carb arsenal. They are appreciated and especially welcome when I reach that ready to chew on some cardboard stage of hunger and dinner time is still an hour or more away. With these that dragon of mine is finally sleeping soundly. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike