Food of the Week: Almonds

Almonds are a naturally high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium.  They are a good source of protein, low in sugars and are high in fiber (which helps provide that “full” feeling).

Additionally, almonds are cholesterol-free and very low in saturated fat, making them an excellent option for smarter meals and snacks.  Just a handful of almonds a day may help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Almond Trailblazer Mix

Makes 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole natural almonds, roasted
  • 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup roasted soybeans
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup dried cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine almonds, sunflower seeds and soybeans.Sprinkle with soy sauce and ginger.
  3. Toss to coat evenly; spread on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  4. Cool completely. Add raisins and dried cherries; toss.
  5. Store in airtight container.

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