I am always looking for healthy quick snacks I can eat as a busy mom! My daughter loves these almonds and it’s a win/win when my daughter is eating healthy snacks with me. This yummy almond recipe is a great way to add more protein and healthy fats into your child’s diet. This super snack will boost your energy, provide loads of healthy benefits, and keep you full until dinner time! Add a piece of fruit and you got yourself a great afternoon snack.
Why these ingredients?
Almonds: Almonds are a great super food! It contains high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, calcium, protein, potassium, and other great vitamins and minerals. In a study conducted by the American Dietetic Association, found that almonds lower cholesterol and increases vitamin E levels in the plasma and red blood cells. This super nut is great for your overall heart health. Some studies have shown that almonds can reduce your risk of cancer. The best type of almond to consume is in it’s raw form and organic.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great healthy fat! It’s important to note that not all Coconut oil is created equal. There is hydrogenated coconut oil which like other oils are trans fats and increase your unhealthy cholestrol and triglycerides. On the other hand, virgin organic coconut oils is made from the fruit of the coconut oil without using high temperatures or chemicals. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, virgin coconut oil antioxidant properties because of the nutrients from the plant called phenolic compounds. Studies have shown coconut oil can help with diabeties, weight loss, and heart health.
Cinnamon: I love cinnamon! I grew up with a late night snack of toast, butter, and cinnamon! YUM! Cinnamon has heart healthy benefits. A study conducted found that when cinnamon is consumed with a fatty meal that would normally raise unhealthy cholesterol cinnamon helps reduce triglycerides by 30%! The high antioxidant levels in cinnamon help regulate blood sugar and diabetes. Cinnamon also boosts brain health! A study showed that just smelling cinnamon can enhance cognitive function but consuming it is even better for your overall brain health.
Himalayan Salt: Not all sodium is created equal! Himalayan salt contains 84 essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and chloride. This type of salt is from a natural source, the sea, and does not go through extensive chemical processing and refinement. When choosing a salt we choose himalayan for the health benefits it offers.
Erin’s Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
2 cups of raw organic almonds
1 tablespoon virgin organic coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
dash of himalayan salt to taste
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Place almonds in a bowl. Add the coconut oil (right for the container) and mix throughly. Then add cinnamon and himalayan salt. Mix well. Pour onto a parchment paper cookie sheet and place in oven for about 1 hour. You can check on it half way through and give the almonds a quick toss. Let cool and Enjoy! :O)
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