Tuesday Is National Almond Day

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:

Do you have a favorite recipe using almonds?
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