I'm an almond freak. I could literally sit down and eat a pound of almonds. I know, not the most calorie-conscious choice, right?
Despite the high fat and calorie content of almonds and other nuts, the nutritional benefits outweigh the calories. In fact, certain studies have shown that almonds and other Mediterranean foods help in achieving a flatter stomach.
I personally love them because just a small handful is packed with protein that will keep you satisfied for a few hours.
Almonds – rich in heart healthy monosaturated fats, can lower blood pressure, aids in balancing blood sugar levels, and rich in antioxidants.
Rosemary – stimulates the immune system, improves digestion, increases circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
How do I eat them? I like almonds in a variety of forms: roasted with sea salt, dry roasted, the ultimate “raw,” or sweet and spicy. This recipe is perfect to put out as a snack at your holiday party or just to keep around the house as a healthy snack.
Try these Spiced Almonds. They are super easy, but beyond scrumptious, and oh so fragrant!
- 1 pound raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds evenly on baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, until they begin to brown. Remove from oven and combine warm nuts with remaining ingredients. Stir to evenly coat. Enjoy!