Smoky & Spicy Almonds

2.15.17 / Comment

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Are you searching for a savory snack that seamlessly combines simple, easy, and healthy together? Look no further than our smoky and spicy almonds! These amazing almonds are a fresh twist on the traditional raw almonds, as the flavors and roasting process really elevate these to the next level. While these taste incredible, the aroma of roasting your own almonds is just as phenomenal. The whole house will smell decadent, and the scent alone will have your mouth watering up until the time you taste them. Not only do these almonds make a fabulous snack, but you can also add them to our Red Lentil Spinach and Sorghum Bowl or Grilled Chicken Sorghum Salad for an added burst of flavor and crunch.

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Recently, the FDA announced that it has started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling. Redefining “healthy” is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to enable them to easily and quickly make food choices consistent with public health recommendations and to encourage the development of healthier foods by the industry (1). Almonds now meet FDA’s new guidelines since they predominantly contain “good” fats, as a one-ounce serving of almonds contains 14 grams of total fat, where 9 grams are monounsaturated fat and 3.5 grams are polyunsaturated fat. Because of this, almonds are a heart-smart and weight-wise snack.

Another positive reason for consuming almonds is due to recent research. Some studies may have overstated the caloric content from almonds, because the original numbers didn’t account for bioavailability (2). The amount of calories absorbed from almonds is dependent on the form in which they are consumed; for example, whole/chopped/slivered almonds are lower in calories than originally thought, but almond butter was about the same (2). Regardless of the number differences, almonds are a great plant-based food source to include in a healthy diet simply because of their healthy fat and fiber content. Now, with this new research, almonds are an even more attractive choice if you are looking for a smart, satisfying food to help achieve those health goals.

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Smoky & Spicy Almonds
 
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Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½-3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 pound raw almonds
Equipment:
  • Small saute pan
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, turmeric and salt and cook until you smell an aromatic aroma (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the almonds and the aromatic spices to a small mixing bowl and mix until the almonds are fully coated.
  4. Transfer the almonds to the parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  5. Cool and serve.
Notes
Notes:
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Heating the spices increases the flavors. If you do not like a lot of spice in your food use ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
If you like a smoky flavor you might prefer ¾ teaspoon of smoked paprika. You can taste it and see if you need to adjust the seasonings
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ounce Calories: 165 calories, Fat: 15 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 5 grams, Sugar: 1 gram, Sodium: 75 milligrams, Fiber: 4 grams, Protein: 7 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

 

(1) FDA to Redefine “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm520703.htm

(2) Food processing and structure impact the metabolizable energy of almonds. Sarah K. Gebauer, a et al  Food & Function http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2016/FO/C6FO01076H#!divAbstract

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