Go nuts for almonds! These nutrient-dense nuts are loaded with antioxidants and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. The American Heart Association recommends eating five servings of nuts per week, with 2 tablespoons of nuts or 1 tablespoon of nut butter as a serving. Almonds can also be used in a variety of ways — as almond butter, flour, milk and more. Whether spiced or sweetened for snacking, in yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast, as a crust for chicken or fish for dinner, the possibilities are endless. Just remember: nuts are calorie-dense, so be mindful of portion sizes.
1. SWEET CHERRY ALMOND FLAXSEED SMOOTHIE | CLEAN EATING
Brighten up your busy mornings with this simple smoothie. Cherries, flaxseed and almonds come together for a rich drink packed with omega-3’s, antioxidants, protein and fiber. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 3mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 24g; Protein: 8g
2. QUINOA ENERGY BARS | FOOD, FAITH, FITNESS
Skip the oven, and whip up a batch of hearty granola bars in the slow cooker. Packed to the brim with healthy add-ins — chia seeds, almonds and dried apples — these tasty treats please the belly and the waistline. Cooking for the kiddos? Add a handful of mini chocolate chips. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 175; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 77mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 6g
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3. CINNAMON QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL | LOVE & LEMONS
A gluten-free alternative to oatmeal, this cinnamon-infused quinoa needs only 25 minutes to cook. Beautify your breakfast bowl with seasonal fruits or crunchy textures (hello, toasted coconut and almonds!). Recipe makes 2 servings at 3/4 cup quinoa each.
Nutrition (per serving without toppings): Calories: 172; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 157mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 7g
4. FLOURLESS BANANA BREAD MUFFINS | RUNNING WITH SPOONS
This is a breakfast muffin you can choose with confidence. Almonds, bananas and oats come together to create these soft, fluffy banana bread muffins. The bananas are high in potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamins C and B6 while the oats contain antioxidants and heart-healthy fiber. Recipe makes 9 servings at 1 muffin each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 133; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 19mg; Sodium: 78mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars 8g; Protein: 4g
5. APPLE CINNAMON BAKED OATMEAL | FIT FOODIE FINDS
This baked apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with a cinnamon leche sauce spices up your daily breakfast grind. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, coconut flakes, slivered almonds or whatever suits your fancy. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons leche sauce and 1 tablespoon pomegranate each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 129; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 252mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 3g
6. BAKED JICAMA SHOESTRING FRIES WITH ROMESCO DIPPING SAUCE | CLEAN EATING
Jicama has a slightly sweet taste that serves as the perfect canvas for herb-and-spice infusions. With a delightful crunch in every bite, these jicama shoestring fries paired with a roasted pepper almond dipping sauce will amaze your guests with a lower-carb take on traditional fries. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2/3 cup fries and 1/6 of sauce each.
Nutrition (per serving): 240; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 139mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 5g
7. PARMESAN & CHIVE FRITTERS | THE HONOUR SYSTEM
Frivolous fritters made from cooked quinoa, shredded parmesan, chives and almonds are a delicious alternative to meat patties. These versatile fritters can serve as an appetizer, main entree or side dish in a meatless meal. Pair with a side salad for extra fiber. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 quinoa fritters each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 205; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 41mg; Sodium: 246mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 0g; Protein 9g
8. GLUTEN-FREE ZUCCHINI QUICHE | HEALTHY NIBBLES & BITS
This gluten-free quiche is made with a nutty almond meal crust for an impressive brunch option or a versatile main dish at any meal of the day. Zucchini noodles and orange bell peppers add colorful stripes. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 261; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 113mg; Sodium: 528mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 14g
9. BAKED ALMOND CHICKEN STRIPS | IFOODREAL
Chicken strips are a go-to finger food, but they don’t have to ooze with oil. Here they get lightened up with a crunchy almond coating before being baked. Fold them into a wrap or serve on top of a salad. Recipe makes 6 servings at 3 strips each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 212; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 59mg; Sodium: 225mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 24g
10. APRICOT-ROSEMARY CHICKEN WITH ROASTED ALMOND COUSCOUS | COOKING LIGHT
Fresh herbs turn a couple of pantry basics into a beautiful glaze for grilled chicken that gets served on a fragrant bed of parsley-almond couscous. Recipe makes 4 servings at 4 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup couscous each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 466; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 162 mg; Sodium: 442 mg; Carbohydrate: 52g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 12g; Protein: 41g