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02.17.12
 

Almonds are amazing. Not only do they taste great, but they're great for you too. Win-win! Read on for all the ways in which to love this nutty food...

 
 
  The Basic Info and the Benefits


PER SERVING (1 oz., about 24 almonds): 163 calories, 14g fat, 0mg sodium, 6g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus®
value 5*


Why choose almonds? We checked in with our pals at the World's Healthiest Foods for the scoop.

Energy Booster - Almonds are a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper. These nutrients work together to keep your energy levels high. The 6 grams of protein in each ounce don't hurt either...

Heart-Disease-Risk Reducer - The monounsaturated fat can help to lower bad cholesterol. The magnesium can improve blood flow. And there's an antioxidant punch: The flavonoids in almond skin + the vitamin E in the nut itself = super-combo. So eat almonds WITH the skins on 'em. (Peeled almonds are silly anyway.)

Weight-Management Helper - "But HG, almonds are nuts and nuts have a lot of fat." Yes, but it's the healthy kind of fat. And studies suggest that people who include almonds as part of a calorie-conscious diet lose more (and gain less) weight than non-nut-eaters. Just keep track of those portions and the calorie tally.

 
  Nutty-Good Products


Blue Diamond Natural Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze

This beverage is not only derived from almonds, but it's also the best milk swap EVER. It's our go-to choice for guilt-free lattes and oversized oatmeal bowls. An entire cup has just 40 calories and 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Find it with the shelf-stable milk products and (sometimes) in the refrigerated section.

100-Calorie Packs of Almonds

Totally essential for emergency snacking. Companies like Blue Diamond and Emerald make these nut packs in fun flavors and basic varieties too. And most 100-calorie almond packs have just 9g fat (and a PointsPlus® value of 3*) each. Trying to save some cash? Portion 'em out yourself. Buy a big bagful and divvy it up into baggies when you get home -- 14 almonds per pack. Then you'll be ready when that emergency strikes!

Wonderful Almond Accents
This line of delicately sliced almonds is the best and easiest way to add nutty goodness to anything, from tropical parfaits to flavor-packed salads. There's a ton of varieties, from Honey Roasted Cranberries to basic Oven Roasted No Salt. A tablespoon goes a long way and has just 40 calories and 3 - 3.5g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Look for these in the produce section of the supermarket.

Justin's Almond Butter Packets
There are many almond butters out there. However, since it's SO easy to overdo it with nut butters, Justin's single-serving packages are pretty much a dream come true. How could it get better? The almond butter comes in FOUR flavors -- Classic, Chocolate, Honey, and Maple. The standard 2-tbsp. packets have 180 - 200 calories and 14 - 18g fat (PointsPlus® value 5 - 6*), and the Maple version also comes in smaller packets with 90 calories and 7g fat each (PointsPlus® value 2*). Mmmmm...

Lisanatti Foods The Original Almond Cheese Alternative
Cheese made from almonds? Yup, it's a thing. And an ounce has just 50 - 63 calories and 1 - 3g fat... plus a gram of fiber (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*). If you're searching for flavorful cheese that brings less fat to your foods, try this!

KIND Bars
Many of these delicious nut-packed bars contain almonds. There's Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, Almond & Coconut, Almond & Apricot, and more. Each of those three flavors has 190 - 210 calories and 11 - 13g fat per bar (PointsPlus® value 5 - 6*). KIND also has mini bars with almonds -- 107 - 115 calories and 6 - 8g fat each (PointsPlus® value 3*). Are we blowing your mind? Maybe you should have a snack...

 
 
  Almond Joyful Recipe Roundup


Creative ways to enjoy these yummy nuts...

Berry-Good Almond-Panko Tilapia - Slivered almonds make a GREAT addition to the crumb coating of these fish fillets -- taste and see!

Apple Cranberry Slaw - This fruity slaw is kinda nutty... in a good way!

Creamy Dreamy Fruit Fandango - If you haven't yet tried stirring almond bits into creamy fruit salad, do it NOW.

Old Time Rocky Road Fudge - You can't go wrong with this classic combination... especially with stats this impressive.

Chilly Chocolate Nutty Banana Pops - DIY chocolate-covered frozen bananas are SO much cooler with an almond coating, dontcha think?

 

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CHEW ON THIS:

Ooh la la -- today, February 17th, is National Café Au Lait Day. When it comes to choosing milk for our coffee, we go with this 40-calories-per-cup almond-based stuff almost every time.

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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