This post is sponsored by The Almond Board of California. They are sponsoring my travel to Fitbloggin. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As some of you may know, Fitbloggin is coming up this weekend! Fitbloggin is a blogging conference for those interested in fitness, wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle. I’ve never been and I’m excited to be able to go this year! I’m actually only going to be there for the second day of the conference since we weren’t sure what hubby’s shoulder surgery situation was going to be when I made my travel arrangements and I didn’t want to leave him to fend for himself for too long. BUT it will still be a great experience. My trip is being sponsored by The Almond Board of California and I’m so grateful for their support! I actually get to hang out in their booth on Saturday during the expo and chat nutrition with all the attendees (so make sure to stop by if you’re going to be there!) and then Saturday night I’m part of a pro-blogger speaking panel where we’ll be talking a little bit about blogging and then answering lots of audience questions which will be fun! I’m speaking with Katy, Shannon & Leah and Erica is moderating.
Today I thought I’d spend a little time spreading the almond love by sharing some of my favorite ways to eat almonds, in all their various forms!
But first, let’s recap why almonds are so awesome! In one serving of almonds (1 oz), which amounts to 23 whole almonds, there is:
- 6g protein
- 4g fiber
- 9g monounsaturated fat –*One serving of almonds contain 13g of unsaturated fat and 1g of saturated fat.
- Vitamin E (35% DV) – important antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage & promote healthy skin and hair
- Riboflavin (20% DV) – important for red blood cell production
- Magnesium (20% DV) – helps regulate muscle & nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure
- Phosphorus (15% DV) – helps build strong bones & teeth
- Plus calcium, potassium, niacin and iron
That’s a whole lot of goodness packed into these little nuts!
So, how can you add more almonds to your diet? Here are some of my favorite ways to eat them:
Current fav flavor combo:
Raw almonds + pumpkin seeds + roasted chickpeas +raisins
This lightened up version is perfect for snacking,
but also sweet enough to work as a dessert!
They’re also HIGHLY addictive.
I posted this recipe at the beginning of the year-
CLICK HERE to check it out.
Current fav flavor combo:
Homemade Honey Vanilla Cinnamon
2 cups raw almonds +1 tsp honey + 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp vanilla
Place in high powered blender or food processor.
Process until smooth.
Taste and add more honey, cinnamon or vanilla if desired.
No-Bake Granola Bars
Combine 1 cups rolled oats + 1 cup cereal + 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds + 1/4 cup chopped almonds + 1/4 cup chocolate chips + 2 Tbsp chia seeds in a large bowl.
Melt 1/2 cup almond butter + 1/3 cup honey and mix well.
Add wet to dry, mix until well coated (use your hands if you have to).
Dump into a 9×9 inch pan, press to flatten and cover bottom.
Freeze for 30 minutes, cut into bars and enjoy.
Store in the fridge.
Homemade Almond Milk
It’s SO easy to make yourself…
and then you don’t have to worry about any funky additives.
CLICK HERE for the super simple recipe.
Try adding it to your cereal, coffee, smoothies, etc.
Peach Blackberry Smoothie
The Almond Board has tons of great recipes on their website.
I made this smoothie the other day.
It’s basically everything good about summer in one glass.
CLICK HERE for the recipe.
Bonus- it uses almond milk AND almond butter!
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
These are made with sweet potatoes, almond meal and lots of blueberries!
They make a great pre-workout snack.
I posted this recipe back in December-
CLICK HERE to check it out!
Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Mix 1 cup almond meal with your favorite spices.
I used paprika, garlic powder, black pepper & cayenne.
*Tip- make your own by simply pulsing
whole almonds in the blender or food processor*
Cut 1 pound of chicken breasts into tenders (or use store bought).
Dip tenders in egg wash, then press into almond meal mixture.
Set a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet.
Place the chicken tenders on the rack.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
A few other suggestions:
- Add some sliced almonds to your next batch of muffins.
- Toast some slivered almonds and sprinkle them on your salad.
- Enjoy an apple with a side of almond butter for an afternoon snack.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy almonds?