When a craving strikes in between meals, it is a wise choice to satisfy it with an almond snack. Almonds not only deliver a host of nutrients, but they will provide you with energy and keep your appetite fueled until your next meal. You've probably heard by now that nuts are a healthy fat, and almonds, in particular, are loaded with vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin B2, calcium, protein and many other minerals.
These little guys have the power to lower bad cholesterol, benefit your cardiovascular health, and fight signs of aging on your skin. And, since they do help to keep you fuller for a longer length of time, they can also help keep your weight in check. However, you must take caution when consuming almonds, as they are extremely calorie dense. When eating almonds as a healthy snack, remember that a little goes a long way. Try the following choices:
1. 100 Calorie Packs
Some companies provide 100 calorie packs of almonds. This snack guarantees that you are consuming the right amount of almonds to reap the health benefits and keep you satisfied, but not so many that you're undoing your diet efforts. If you choose to invest in a large bag of nuts, make sure you count out your almonds to prevent over-consumption. Try to keep your number between 10-20, and remember there are roughly 80 calories in 12 almonds (60 calories from fat).
2. Flavored Almonds
While natural and raw almonds are the smartest snack choice, sometimes it is fun to change it up and try different varieties and flavors. There are many flavors you can indulge in:
- Dry roasted almonds
- Smoked almonds
- Cocoa roasted almonds
- Cinnamon almonds
3. Chocolate-Covered Almonds
Yes, chocolate-covered almonds can be considered a healthy treat, as long as the chocolate is antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. You can even make your own chocolate covered almonds by melting dark chocolate in a double broiler, dipping in the nuts, and letting them chill in the fridge. Better yet, go ahead and create dark chocolate and almond clusters, but only eat one!
4. Trail Mix
Trail mix can be a healthy snack, as long as it's loaded with lots of almonds. Make sure the dried fruit in your trail mix lacks unnecessary sugars. And, if there's chocolate present in your mix, it should obviously be dark. Trail mix should be viewed as a treat, and not breakfast. Like other healthy almond snacks, it should be consumed in extreme moderation. You can also opt for a trail mix bar, which clocks in at around 140 calories.
5. Almond Butter
Almond butter is healthy, tasty, and a great (and unique) alternative to the ever-popular peanut better. Make sure you indulge in natural almond butter that's free of excess sugar. Spread it on apple slices or whole wheat crackers, or simply eat it out of the jar.