There are healthy alternatives at the bodega. Try nuts or granola bars instead of candy/chips. Feast on almonds, cashews, and my favorite – pistachios! These alternative snacks give high fiber, antioxidants, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Due to its’ high fat content, the key to enjoying nuts is portion control. According to the Society for Neuroscience, walnuts improve memory. In general, incorporate more nuts and seeds (e.g. almonds, cashews, & chia seeds) into your diet because they are nutritional powerhouses. Enjoy!
How To Make Honey & Chili Glazed Almonds:
Spiced nuts are usually baked; this stovetop version speeds up the process. The smoky-spicy snack will store well in an airtight container for several days.
1 1/2 cups raw, unblanched almonds 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place the almonds in a medium nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted, shaking pan frequently. Combine the remaining ingredients in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds. Add honey mixture to pan, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Arrange almond mixture on prepared baking sheet in a single layer; let stand 10 minutes. Break apart any clusters.
(Source: Global Kids and HealthCorps; Health Magazine)