Who needs cupid and hearts and all that when National Almond Day is just around the corner?
Celebrate National Almond Day on Tuesday, February 16 with a meal containing almonds, a special dessert or with a simple bag of roasted almonds.
You can feel good about adding almonds to your shopping list: Studies have shown that a handful of almonds a day may help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Almonds are also one of the most nutrient-dense nuts around. Plus, just one ounce of almonds (about 23) a day will help you get 35% of the Daily Value of vitamin E.
The Almond Board of California created a page to help you visualize all the ways to get an ounce of almonds each day: You can use an ice cream scoop, a shot glass, baby food jar or 1/4 cup measure. Another way the Almond Board recommends visualizing an ounce of almonds: The surface area of a 3″ x 3″ sticky note! They also sell a small snack tin to help you perfectly measure and carry around your daily almond snack.
There are several ways to enjoy almonds for breakfast or snack:
- Have some almond biscotti or scones
- Mix almonds with your granola
- Make crunchy biscuits
- Spread some almond butter on your toast
For lunch, dinner or dessert, enjoy almonds in:
- Curried chicken salad
- Almond chicken salad
- Almond-caper potato salad
- Mandarin almond salad
- Chocolate bread parfait
- Raspberry chocolate chip cookies with toasted almonds
Do you have a favorite recipe using almonds?
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