Healthy snacks can be hard to find. That is usually when weak moments occur. We all have busy lives and are constantly on the go. If you are like me, you get tired of the same old things. Plus, finding portable stuff to take along can be just as big a pain. Sometimes by simply switching things up a little bit you can create a whole new snack!
Almonds are a popular snack. They are technically a seed, not a nut. They are heart healthy and full vitamin E. They are also packed with magnesium and potassium. Magnesium improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. Potassium is important for muscles and is important for nerve transmissions. So all over, almonds are an excellent choice for a snack.
So why not make your own?!
When shopping in the store though, you have to be careful of added ingredients to almonds that are not healthy. A lot of flavor mixes are full of, for lack of a better word, crap. These packages try to play on the health benefits of almonds by masking them with unhealthy ingredients. For example, the most common oil used in roasting is canola. STAY AWAY FROM THAT STUFF! Deodorizers are often added to it because it goes rancid quick. The manufactures try to mask the smell that comes from the oxidation. When it oxidizes and you use it in food or consume it, it has a counteracting effect on the body by damaging cells tissues, especially fat rich areas like the brain. So, yea… avoid that stuff.
Start with raw, all natural almonds. They provide the perfect canvas to coat in all natural ingredients and satisfy your snack cravings. I typically like “savory”, so I decided on Chili Lime. Chili powder has vitamin A, which has many health benefits, including eyesight maintenance and bone health.
2 cups almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil
½ tbsp paprika
1 tbsp chili powder
½ tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp lime juice
1. Heat skillet on medium high heat. Add coconut oil.
2. Once oil is heated, add almonds and mix until coated.
3. Once coated in oil, add spices and mix well. Add lime juice.
4. Stirring occasionally, continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until almonds become fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool in skillet before placing into an airtight container.