Not only are almonds a tasty and versatile food, these little nuts boast big health benefits.
September 11, 2008
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Superfood: Almonds Not only are almonds a tasty and versatile food, these little nuts boast big health benefits. Eating a handful of almonds (about 23) on a regular basis can: • Decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses • Lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and increase "good cholesterol (HDL) levels. • Decrease levels of homocystein, the amino acid that is thought to contribute to the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries • Aid in weight loss because munching on almonds for a snack helps you feel satisfied and less inclined to overeat at mealtime.
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Recipe In addition to the almonds, this nutrient-packed granola has six additional heart-healthy ingredients: flaxseed, walnuts, oats, orange juice, cinnamon, and a bit of canola oil. Munch on a handful for a snack or eat it for breakfast along with milk or yogurt.
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Almond-Crusted French Toast
Almond-Crusted French Toast Recipe Here's a decadent French toast that's too good to be true. Soaking the bread in a mixture of egg substitute and soy milk, then dredging in a mixture of ground almonds and flaxseed gives it not only amazing texture and flavor, but also makes it a heart-healthy way to start your day.
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Green Beans with Toasted Almond Gremolata Recipe Gremolata is a garnish of minced parsley, lemon rind, and garlic that's typically sprinkled over the veal dish osso buco, but can also add great flavor to steamed vegetables. Here, toasted almonds add a bit of crunch and fiber to this herbed topping.
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Beef Tagine with Dried Plums and Toasted Almonds
Beef Tagine with Dried Plums and Toasted Almonds Recipe A tagine is a Moroccan-style stew that's flavored with vegetables or dried fruits and spices such as cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric. This style of stew is often sprinkled with almonds, which not only adds a nice crunch to the dish, but also makes it even better for your heart.
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Salmon with Maple Syrup and Toasted Almonds
Salmon with Maple Syrup and Toasted Almonds Recipe One key strategy in fighting heart disease is to include "good fats" such as monounsaturated and omega-three fatty acids in your diet. Because of the almonds and the salmon, you get a healthy dose of each in this one super-easy recipe.
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Almond-Lemon Torte Recipe Ground almonds add nutty richness to the cake as well as filling it with disease-fighting nutrients. What better way to improve your health than to eat a lemony-sweet dessert?
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Lavender and Toasted Almond Ice Cream with Warm Figs
Lavender and Toasted Almond Ice Cream with Warm Figs Recipe Let the aroma of lavender, honey, toasted almonds and ripe figs soothe your soul while the healing power of these ingredients nurtures your body. In ancient Rome lavender was recognized for its healing and antiseptic qualities, while the anti-inflammatory action of honey has been shown to reduce pain and improve circulation. Figs offer fiber as well as calcium and iron, while almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E.