Known as a superfood, almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. They’re associated with a number of health benefits, including lowering bad cholesterol and blood sugar.
And, according to the Almond Board of California, one ounce of almonds contains about the same amount of disease-fighting polyphenols thought to ward off heart disease and cancer, as a cup of broccoli or green tea.
Almonds are one of the lower-calorie nuts at 160 calories per ounce. They also contain more calcium than any other nut making them an excellent non-dairy source for strong bones (click here for more!), plus nearly 9 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber per ounce.
Almonds are a great snack to help you keep inches off your waistline. You can read more about that here. All around, you just can’t go wrong with almonds. I hope you enjoy them plain or spiced a little as this recipe details.
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups whole almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, combine chili powder, olive oil, sea salt, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and pepper.
- Add almonds and toss to coat.
- Transfer mixture to a baking pan.
- Bake about 10 minutes or until almonds are toasted, stirring twice.
- Cool almonds completely before serving. The almonds will keep for five days in an airtight container.