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Almonds! Almonds! Almonds!

on June 22, 2015

🌺Almonds! Almonds! Almonds!  I think most are Nuts about nuts, right?! I know I eat nuts in some form everyday; from loose raw nuts to nuts milks to nut butters of all kinds.  I do Love my almond butter though ☺️   Soooo, why all the hype about almonds?  Well, let’s take a look and see below:

🌱Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels of cholesterol and raises HDL (good cholesterol)

🌱High in monounsaturated fats – the same type of health promoting fats found in olive oil

🌱Reduce risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis

🌱Great source of magnesium which helps relax arteries and veins improving blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body

🌱A quarter cup contains 162 grams pot potassium. This important electrolyte helps with nerve transmission, contractions of muscles like the heart, essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heat function

🌱Good source of manganese, copper and riboflavin (B2), which all help with energy production on a cellular level

🌱Reduce the rise in blood sugar surge in after meals which occurs often, protecting against diabetes. So throw some almonds in to your meals to help regulate blood sugar – pretty simple!

🌱Contain over twenty potent antioxidant flavonoids in the skin alone, protecting us from free radical damage

🌱The combination of the almond skin’s antioxidants and flavanoids with the vitamin E found in the meat of the almond, combines a double protection for our bodies. So eat almonds with the skin!

🌱Help prevent gallstones and gallbladder disease

🌱They have even been shown to reduce BMI (Body Mass Index), meaning they help you lose weight! Studies show that people who eat nuts at least twice a week are less likely to grain weight than those who never ate nuts.  Eat these amazing foods any time of the day; breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks too!  I bet many will eat these babies for this reason alone 😉

〰 Almonds can be used in an array of forms from milks replacing dairy to milks being added to protein shakes and smoothies

🍶🍼Almond Milk Recipe

▪️1 cups organic almonds soaked overnight
▪️2 Organic Medjool dates soaked overnight
▪️1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

▪️Drain water from nuts and dates
▪️Place all ingredients into blender
▪️Add 4-5 cups of water into blender
▪️Blend at high speed for 2 minutes
▪️Strain through nut bag or cheesecloth
▪️Store in glass container and refrigerate

〰 to flour for breads, baked goods, and even pizza crust!

💖 Almond Flour Recipe

▪️Add 1-2 cups of organic raw almonds to food processor or high speed blender (Vitamix, Ninja, etc) or proccessor
** Do not blend more than 2 cups at a time because it will create too much oil from nut
▪️Pulse 3 times for 20 seconds each time
▪️Pour 1/2 cup into stainless steal sifter and sift out flour into a clean bowl and repeat until done
▪️Store flour in glass container- mason jars are great
▪️Remaining little almonds can be tossed or used for baking. They won’t blend to flour because of oil on them
▪️Store in glass container in a cool place or refrigerate

〰 to beloved almond butter (ahhh, this is love) that is used for snacks, spreads in wraps, dips, smoothies, nana-icecream

😍Almond Butter Recipe or I use this amazing one above

▪️Preheat oven to 300F
▪️Place 3 cups of organic almonds in the oven for about 7 minutes (helps release oils faster)
▪️Place almonds into a food processor with S blade
▪️Snap lid on and start the blending
▪️This will take around 25 minutes or so and you will stop to scrape the sides every now and then
▪️At the10-15 minute mark, you should see a change and oils should be releasing
▪️At 20 minutes, you should have a grainy texture
▪️At 25 minutes, you should have smooth almond butter
▪️Store in glass jar and refrigerate

〰 to super easy bliss balls or energy bites to snack on for that sweet tooth

💥Almond Energy Bites Recipe

▪️1 cup organic raw almonds
▪️10 Medjool dates soaked for 2 hours in warm water and pitted
▪️1 1/2 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
▪️1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
▪️1/4 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes – pour onto plate

▪️Place almonds in food processor and blend into small bits
▪️Add cacao powder and cinnamon to processor and blend
▪️Add pitted dates into processor and blend until dough forms
▪️Take a tablespoon of dough and roll into ball, repeat
▪️Coat balls in coconut flakes
▪️Store in glass storage container and place in freezer overnight. Store in fridge for softer consistency

〰 to tasty snacks for kids and adults

👍EASY Snacks

▪️Sweet potato sticks with raw almond butter
▪️Frozen banana circles topped with raw almond butter and cacao chips
▪️Sprouted bread with raw almond butter and sliced banana with cinnamon

〰 Aaaaaand the “slam dunk” to win the game or to ultimately convince you that not only are almonds packed with powerful nutrients, almonds can be sinfully delicious to eat!

🍫YES! CHOCOLATE with ALMONDS 👌

▪️Sooooo, this recipe you will have to hang on for the next blog post 😉
▪️This homemade, raw chocolate will be worth the wait. ONLY 3 ingredients!

🌟🌟🌟Enjoy your healthy fats and remember to grabs these on the go nuts at any time of the day or night.  Don’t worry about calories because I did mention that eating these beauties will help shed some pounds, not gain! 👍

💗 Never forget to be healthy, make you a priority, be happy, and be the best you 💋

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