I love almonds. Not only because they:
- Help prevent heart disease and heart attack
- Support healthy brain activity
- Keep our skin healthy
But also because they’re so darn delicious! Raw, slightly toasted, marinated, salted, BBQed, baked, sprinkled, drizzled or made into milk, almonds are YUM! And loaded with goodness.
Almonds are a source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and high-quality protein, which nourish the skin, reduce signs of aging and keep our skin hydrated.
Almonds are low in saturated fatty acids, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contain filling fibre, unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants as well as plant protein.
Usually we run away from anything that contains “fat” but we shouldn’t fear the fat in almonds — almonds are actually beneficial when it comes to losing weight, despite their higher calorie content. In 2013, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences’ researchers (University of South Australia) revealed that almonds consumed as snacks reduce hunger and desire to eat later in the day, and when dieters eat almonds daily, they reduce their overall calorie intake.
If you love almonds as much as I do and you’re looking for more inspiring recipes, here’s 5 of my favorites:
Ooor you can make these GORGEOUS protein balls! These bad boys are not very sweet, they’re gooey, chocolaty and super filling. They can be enjoyed as a snack no matter what you feel like having, sweet or savory, and at any time of the day, without feeling like you’re having dessert. They keep very well in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and they’re so so handy to just have there, hidden at the back of the fridge, in an airtight container. They will come to your rescue when snack o’clock strikes, helping you make good, wise snacking choices 😉
Low sugar protein balls
Makes about 20 protein balls
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup linseed meal
- 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 4 TBSP cacao powder
- 10 TBSP protein powder (I used sprouted brown rice, but pea protein is also very nice)
- 1 cup puffed quinoa
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 TBSP melted coconut oil
- extra: cacao powder and matcha green tea, for coating
- Add almonds, linseed, coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon, cacao powder, protein powder and quinoa to a food processor. Blitz until you get all the ingredients finely ground.
- Add the goji berries, the pitted dates and coconut oil and blitz some more until you get a crumbly, sticky mix. Stop and scrape the sides as needed.
- If needed to make the mix sticky, add a touch of water.
- Taste test and adjust sweetness if you need. I prefer them not very sweet, but you can adjust that to your liking.
- Scoop the mix in a bowl and begin to roll the bliss balls.
- Coat them in cacao powder or matcha powder, or both, and place them in the fridge.