Here are a few reasons almonds have such an elite status:
- best source of protein of all the nuts, and high in calcium
- contains copper, iron, zinc, niacin and vitamins B1, B2 and E
- an impressive 70% of their fat content is the healthiest mono-unsaturated type
- contains a high degree of oleic acid, the ingredient in olive oil thought to protect against heart disease
You can buy a big bag of almonds at Costco or Sam’s. Use them chopped in salads, oatmeal, smoothies or just a handful for a mid-morning snack.
Here’s a yummy way to prepare almonds for a “treat.” AND it is super easy! You use the crockpot – and your house will smell divine. My granddaughters and I made these Cinnamon Almonds a few years ago, put them in cute little bags, and they took them to school for Christmas gifts for their teachers. I also put them in small red bags and gave them as take-home favors when we entertained through the holidays. It is a little early for Christmas, but I have seen some decorations out!!
“GO NUTS” and make up a batch of cinnamon almonds to give to a teacher-a friend-someone who needs a smile and a treat : )
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds
1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups almonds
1 cup sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
3 Tablespoons of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/8 cup of water
- In a bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until it begins to get a little frothy. Stir in almonds until they are coated in the egg white and vanilla mixture.
- In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add almonds to cinnamon mixture and toss until completely coated.
- Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cook the almonds on high for two hours stirring every 20 minutes. After 2 hours pour your water over the almonds and mix very well to make sure there are no clumps!
- Reduce heat to low and cook for one more hour, still stirring every 20 minutes.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread out the almonds to cool and dry on the paper.
The idea is to let them cool, but sneak a few in the slightly warm stage and they are tasty!
What are your favorite holiday snacks that you make for your family or friends or someone you want to “treat”?