Heart-Healthy Snacking: Almonds

I’m seriously considering buying stock in Blue Diamond Almonds. It makes logical sense considering that I love all their products and buy them on a regular basis – Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze is truly an EBF household staple, I love the the Nut Thins and I always have a container of almonds on hand for snacking or making recipes – cinnamon raisin almond butter or creamy curried almond dressing anyone?

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And if you like snacking on almonds as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that a variety of Blue Diamond Almonds have been certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a heart-healthy food. Not only are Blue Diamond Almonds a delicious snack, but they are good for your heart and good for your health! The following flavors meet the AHA guidelines and now feature the AHA Heart-Check mark:

  • Whole Natural
  • Roasted Salted
  • Low Sodium
  • Sea Salt
  • No Salt
  • Honey Dijon

The Whole Natural are my favorite because I can eat them raw or use them in recipes, plus I find that I’m better with portion control when snacking on raw almonds rather than salted or flavored varieties. Although I do want to try to find the Honey Dijon flavor because it sounds super tasty.

I’m sure most of you know about the American Heart Association, but their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Heart disease is American’s number one killer and is completely preventable by following a number of health measures, one of which is eating healthy. <– It’s hard to believe that number one killer in America is preventable. Stop and think about that for a second! Thinking about that definitely helps to keep me motivated to eat healthy, workout and share what I can to help others through Eating Bird Food and my health coaching practice!

Evidence of almonds’ benefits in helping to prevent heart disease has been growing over the past several years and almonds are an great source of vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese; they are a good source fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the nut highest in protein (6g), fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin!

Need a little almond inspiration? Here are a few tasty snack recipes to help you get a dose of heart-healthy almonds in!

Healthy Snacks with Almonds

If you want to learn more about Blue Diamond Almonds and their new AHA Heart-Check certification, join me on Twitter for a chat next Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8PM CST / 9PM EST.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Cheryl, I know I am a couple of years behind you but maybe future readers will get this. They are NOT RAW! and YES, Blue Diamond “Natural” almonds have been treated with toxic PPO. They will not sprout. Because of this treatment, they are not raw and covered in a toxic residue. I would suggest calling the various manufacturers of your favorite raw nuts/ nut products and asking if they steam treat or chemical treat their almonds. (or purchase steam or chemical treated almonds.)

    It isn’t just reading the ingredients list, anymore!

    To your health!
    Kirsten

  2. Hi Brittany,
    After reading your post about Blue Diamond, I felt I had to share this article I read about cargeenan in organic milk substitute products and the effects that cargeenan can have on your body. Please ready foodbabe’s blog and check out the article:
    http://foodbabe.com/
    Watch Out For This Carcinogen In Your Organic Food
    I think it is really important to always check your list of ingredients before buying food that appears to be “healthy”.
    Thanks for caring!

  3. Not a fan of almonds on their own, but I like to use them in creative recipes, like those ones you mentioned! I also want to try unsweetened almond milk.

  4. Almond milk is a staple in my house too–I go through at least a half-gallon per week, all by myself! I think my favorite way to eat almonds though is as an oat bran topper.

  5. I love almonds the way you do – whole, raw, unsalted. But my favorite way to eat them lately is in almond croissants from the corner bakery – completely opposite of whole raw but SO GOOD. 🙂 Every once in awhile is ok right?!

  6. I LOVE almonds, in pretty much all form. Which is actually funny because I used to hate all nuts (except for cashews) growing up. Whenever my parents would pack trail mix in our lunches, I would always end up picking out all the goodies AROUND the nuts! But now I always keep a jar in my work snack drawer, and I love Blue Diamon Almond Milk (and the Almond/Coconut blend)! I’ll have to look for these nut thins though… I’ve never heard of them!

  7. I am in love with all forms of almonds too! Love the unsweetened almond milk and I snack on almonds daily. I’m always making almond butter to have on hand also. And oh my goodness, those nut thins!! I can’t buy them any more, they are too good!

  8. Blue diamond nut thins are the best! I was so happen to discover them when I first went gluten-free. We always have almond milk, almonds, and almond flour on hand – no shortage of almonds in my house!

  9. Lately, I;ve been snacking on raw almonds in the afternoon and I’ve come to love this snack. I never really used to snack on plain nuts but they are so satisfying and delicious!

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