There is something amazing and slightly exotic about almonds. An "allure" that causes them to surpass most other nuts on my list... except for family, of course!
My blissful relationship with almonds may be because they are so versatile... or because they work well with Trim Healthy Mama snacks and meals. Or both, perhaps?
In any case, they are simply AWESOME! Better yet, consumed in moderation they are exceptionally healthy... and "health" IS what we are all going for, isn't it?
Almonds are a good source of biotin, Vitamin E, manganese, copper, Vitamin B2, phosphorus, magnesium and fiber! They are loaded with antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, reducing the risk of cardiovascular and coronary disease; they protect against diabetes; may help reduce weight, while lessening the risk of weight gain; provide energy boost; prevent gallstones... and, they are tasty too! *The World's Healthiest Foods: Almonds
There is a time and place for "blanched" almonds, however... removing the skins also removes nutrients - and the health benefits are one of the reasons we consume almonds to begin with... right? RIGHT. Most recipes you find on this site incorporate the almond skins, simply for good measure.