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The Power Of Almonds!

Power of Almonds

It’s no secret that I LOVE almonds. I have done so many posts that involve almonds it’s almost embarrassing, but not embarrassing enough to prevent me from doing another one. :-) Although this time I’m letting Kaitlyn do the honors in this article all about the wonders of this mighty nut!

Kaitlyn writes………..    I found a love for almonds about a year ago when I experimented with a Paleo diet. Almond flour, almond butter, almond milk, raw almonds etc. are all great for Paleo eaters since they avoid grains, dairy, and peanuts (among many other things.) Before that I had no idea just how much you can do with almonds! Since I have a feeling I wasn’t alone in my lack of almond knowledge, I decided to put together an almond primer of sorts that gives an overview of all the different ways to use almonds!

Power of Almonds

First of all, let’s talk for a second about why we would want to eat almonds in the first place. They are a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, protein, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B and antioxidants. They are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They can help reduce the risk of heart attack, aid in building strong bones and teeth, lower blood sugar and boost brain function. Are you convinced yet? If not, here are a few posts from our archives that might help:

Even though almonds are a fantastic source of nutrition remember that 1/4 cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat. Granted it’s good fat, but fat nonetheless. So if you’re watching your weight don’t go crazy eating almonds. Another word of caution – all nuts contain phytate which makes them difficult to digest. To aid in the digestion process soak or roast almonds before eating them

Now we can move on to all the fantastic ways to include almonds in your diet. Along with how to use almonds in their various forms I’m going to include tips on where to get the best deals on almonds. I went to Sprouts, Costco, Target, Walmart and Smith’s this week to compare prices and find the best deals.

Power of Almonds

Whole Almonds

Eat them raw or roasted as an easy on-the-go snack or use them in tons of different recipes! The absolute best price I found on whole almonds was at Costco. They have Kirkland brand almonds for $4.96/lb – about $2 less per pound than anywhere else I went.

Power of Almonds

Slivered Almonds (Blanched)

Silvered almonds are perfect for adding to salads or topping roasted veggies! You can also use them to make almond flour. The best price I found was Archer Farms brand at Target for $7.36 per pound.

Power of Almonds

Sliced Almonds

Also great on salads and veggies – it just kinds of depends on your taste preference whether you use sliced or slivered almonds. I love to add them to my oatmeal in the morning for a delicious crunch. The best price I found was Mariani brand at Costco for $4.99/lb. That is an out of this world fantastic price! Smith’s was more than $10/lb.

Power of Almonds

Almond Flour

Almond flour is a fantastic product for gluten free eaters or anyone avoiding grains. I’ve made some seriously delectable almond flour muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Don’t get me wrong – almond flour baked goods don’t taste exactly like wheat flour baked goods. But they are definitely close enough to fill any craving! I’ve also found great success using almond flour as a breading for baked chicken strips. The best price I’ve found is Honeyville Farms brand at Costco for $6.49/lb. You can make your own, but I’ve never been able to get the right texture and it’s actually more expensive than the Costco flour. You need to use blanched almonds for flour and it costs a lot more to buy them blanched than raw. You can blanch them yourself but it is a very time consuming process and just not worth it.

Power of Almonds

Almond Butter

Almond butter is just plain delicious! It’s great on a piece of whole wheat toast and perfect for dipping apples slices. I love to add a couple of spoonfuls to my smoothies to make them a little creamier. The cheapest way to get almond butter is to make it yourself with Costco almonds. That way it costs you $4.96/lb. Click here to find out how to make your own almond butter. If you don’t feel like making your own Costco has Kirkland brand for $6.03/lb. When buying almond butter always read your labels! Many brands add in all kinds of nasty things. The only ingredient you want to see is almonds – and maybe a little salt for flavor.

Power of Almonds

Almond Milk

I had never bought almond milk until a year ago and I’ve really fallen in love with it since then! It’s great on granola and in smoothies. It’s also very refreshing on it’s own. My favorite way to use it is in my protein shake after a work out. I throw in a handful of frozen bananas with some mocha flavored protein powder and it is absolutely delicious! The best price I found was Silk brand at Walmart for $.98/lb. Silk is the only store bought brand I buy because it has the least questionable ingredients out of all the ones I’ve looked at. And even Silk has additives that I’d rather not have in my almond milk. I figured out that it would cost about $1.65/lb to make almond milk at home with Costco almonds. So it’s more expensive than store bought but I think it’s really the only way to avoid the additives. I even looked through every bottle at Whole Foods one day and couldn’t find a pure bottle! Click here for directions on making your own.  If you do buy store bought make sure to only buy the unsweetened varieties. Nobody needs added sugar in their almond milk! If you don’t like the plain variety look for vanilla unsweetened.

What is your favorite way to use almonds?

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  • It took me several tries to get this post to open for me. I don’t know if the problem is on my end or yours, I just wanted to give you a heads up if it is on your end.
    Oh and my favorite way to eat almonds is with chocolate.
    Recently though, when I was out of pine nuts but the garden was bursting with basil I made pesto using almonds. Came out great!

  • When I am running errands, I take a small tin (smaller than an Altoids tin) of whole raw almonds with me. It wards off hunger and I no longer have the urge to get something at a fast food place. I’ll have to try some of these recipes.

  • I LOVE this post and just like you, I love almonds in any form. I always try to cook with almonds when I can and make my own butter. Thank you so much for all the useful information and for including my No Bake Cookies recipe!

  • I have been making my own almond milk for several years now. I always soak the nuts and pop the brown hull off (it is quick and easy to squeeze off the hull and if you have kids they love to help). The brown hull has no nutritional value and hides a bad bug infected nut so I soak all my almonds, walnuts, and pecans before using them to get the enzyme inhibitors off them. That makes the milk and flour white and a much better taste. The almond pulp from the milk can either be dried in a dehydrator or left in a warmed (then turned off) oven overnight. That way you don’t destroy any additions nutrients. I do add a little vanilla &/or honey to the milk but that would be optional to personal taste. All my cooking classes loved the milk and the products from the flour. I teach Healthy Choices classes and cooking. I love Jillee’s blog and Kaitlyn this was a very good article. Thank you. I would like to share this link with my students and pinterest.

    • Lisa I just have to tell you that I absolutely adore your blog! When I started eating Paleo I was totally overwhelmed and felt like so many Paleo blogs I looked at used weird ingredients and had really complicated recipes. Yours are all so straight forward and delicious! I especially love all your muffin recipes. I like to make a batch and keep them in the fridge during the week for a quick breakfast or snack.

  • There are soft crumbling biscuits, so popular in Mexico during Christmas time. These “Mimi-style Polvorones” are unique and comes from 70% toasted almond and toasted wheat flour giving them a delight crumbly melt-in-your-mouth texture.

  • I have never used almond products except besides the regular nuts you find in the peanut aisle. Your post has definitely piqued my interest and now I am on a quest to use the different products you mentioned. Thanks and wish me luck!

  • I LOVE almonds in any form, but if I were to pick a favorite it would definitely be almond butter – I could easily eat a jar by the spoonful if I let myself. One of my favorite things to do with it is mix it with some of my Herbalife Healthy Meal Shake mix, Herbalife Protein Drink Mux, and just a little raw honey. Form into balls and it’s a yummy quick meal replacement on the run or snack.

    One thing on almond milk, you lose the protein advantage of almonds. 1 serving if almond milk has only 1 g of protein vs the same amount of soy milk or nonfat cows milk which have 9 g of protein. Just something to be aware of if using the milk to boost protein.

  • I love a “small” handful of whole roasted almonds for a snack in the afternoon. I count out 10, and then quickly close the package before it becomes 12 or 14. They take the snacking urge away, and the protein keeps it away until time for dinner.

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