Be Snack Happy

June 24, 2014 · 6 comments

Almond Cocktail

I am probably no different from every parent, I worry about what my children are eating. I don’t obsess and I do believe a little of everything in moderation but I try and get them to make the right choices and ask themselves, ‘are they really hungry”or I suggest, ‘how about having this instead of that”. However I am aware I am far from perfect, I do have a sweet tooth but I am battling my own sugar demons and I don’t want my children to go through the same.

Almonds

Last year I did a 21 day challenge where women are encouraged to eat a handful of almonds when they start feeling hungry. For me this is usually mid-late afternoon when I tend to be on some sort of after school activity run. When I took the challenge last year I really noticed a difference to my mid afternoon slump. The almonds perked me up and got me through to dinner easily. However, I slowly slipped back to bad habits so was pleased to get a reminder of how beneficial almonds are for a number of reasons including;

  • they are a natural source of protein and fibre*
  • they contain 15 essential nutrients including vitamin and calcium*
  • research suggests that the calories ingested from almonds causes people to naturally compensate for the energy provided*
  • they are a great low carb snack

I have a fifteen year old daughter and an eleven year old one and I would far rather they eat a handful of almonds before their dance classes than a cereal bar or even a piece of fruit. They have both noticed the benefits in relation to their energy levels before supper time.

Almond pick and mix

I was lucky to attend an event with California Almonds where I got to try out many almond based recipes including an almond cocktail, triple almond brownies, mini almond tarts and more ( I will write about some of these separately) plus got to meet Denise van Outen and dietician Lucy Jones. Denise gave a very interesting talk on she extols the virtues of almonds to anyone and everyone she can, having been a fan of them for years she carries them with her all the time.

There was an almond pic n’ mix with flavours from chilli, to wasabi & soy, to chocolate, to cinnamon coated…the combinations were amazing. I had intended taking a good photo of the nuts when I got home but when I went to, the jar was half empty! Hmmm… so you will have to make do with this picture.

AlmondsI would highly recommend everyone to take this challenge, I can think of far worse things people can snack on and as long as you really stick to just a handful you really should find the almonds beneficial and a great healthy way to curb hunger. Be Snack Happy!

*Information from the Almond Board of California and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Disclosure: My expenses were reimbursed but all opinions are my own.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauranne June 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

What a fab idea but I don’t like almonds. Instead I grab a handful of cashews.

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2 cherishedbyme June 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

I love cashews but they give me a stomach ache!! Macadamia nuts are supposed to be very similar to almonds nutritionally.

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3 Gigi June 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I especially love sliced, toasted almonds…the problem, for me, is sticking to just a handful! The almond cocktail sounds interesting…

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4 cherishedbyme June 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

That is the problem isn’t it! I was sent lots of little bags so I couldn’t eat more than are in them…plus some pretty tins so I can fill them and I put them in my bag for those times I suddenly feel really hungry. x

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5 Ali June 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Love the idea of pick and mix what a fab idea!I hate the way there are so many junk food snacks out there especially aimed at kids too.

I love almonds & quite often buy them and notice snacking on them does feel you up! Bex and Oscar like them too, so all good but having a healthy pick and mix is a great idea. I hope that catches on!

P.S Love the sound of an almond cocktail, yum!

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6 cherishedbyme June 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

Wouldn’t that be great, it was lovely trying so many different flavours. I’m hoping they will send me the cocktail recipe and then I’ll share. :D

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