UPDATE: This giveaway is over. Thanks to those who commented. The winner of the Almond Bundle is Lauren who commented “Almonds are my favorite nut! I add sliced almonds to my oatmeal/ yogurt, snack on raw almonds with dried fruit, and add them to a kale-lentil-sweet potato-feta salad! Almonds make everything that much more delicious. Now on a French macaron kick, trying to master these delightful almond flour treats! It would be great to win such wonderful almost products and keep adding them to my daily meals! Thanks for the opportunity!”. Congratulations Lauren!
Note: The winner was chosen by Random.org.
In anticipation of National Almond Day coming up on February 16, let’s celebrate yummy almonds! The Almond Board of California sent me an amazing bundle of almond goodies and I’m excited to be teaming up with them to host this giveaway to one of YOU–my wonderful readers :)
Almonds are one of my (and my husband’s) favorite nuts, but we’re not alone. According to the Almond Board, almonds are California’s largest tree nut crop and they are also the largest US specialty crop export. No surprise–They’re crunchy, naturally sweet, and so satisfying. The one ounce portion that is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans equals 23 almonds (as opposed to about 17 cashews, 14 walnut halves, 7 brazil nuts, or 11 macadamias). Almonds have a high amount of protein, with 6 grams per ounce, and beat out other nuts for fiber content with 3.5 grams per ounce. In addition, most of the fat per serving (10 out of the 15 grams) is monounsaturated (aka Heart Healthy).
Since almonds are a good source of fat, you want to make sure to store them properly to keep them from going rancid. I keep some in my fridge for immediate use–I like to make almond milk, almond-based desserts, and use add almonds to salads and veggie dishes. The rest I keep in the freezer where they will keep for two years without a significant loss in quality.
The Almond Board’s website is chock full of great information on almonds as well as tips on how to incorporate an ounce into your day in a tasty way. Here are some of there ideas:
If you noticed, the ideas use different shapes and sizes of almonds, That’s because there are so many forms of almonds that you can buy and experiment with, including:
There were so many delectable looking recipes in the cookbook (that you can win below!), but I chose a simple, 3-ingredient recipe for Honey Clusters. Just ground almond, roasted almonds, honey, and 30 minutes in the oven. My kind of recipe!
Here’s a photo journal of this quick, simple, and husband-tested almond cookie:
The National Almond Day Celebration Bundle is in my almond-loving opinion a winner!
To enter to win this Bundle of Almond Goodness, submit a comment below telling me how you add almonds to your meals or snacks. This giveaway will end at Midnight PST on Friday, February 15. Winners will be announced the following Tuesday. Good luck and here’s to almonds!
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