The benefits of almonds are high in monounsaturated fats – they keep us healthy by lowering the bad cholesterol in our bloodstream. They are also a great source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, which helps to prevent heart disease, gut disease and diabetes.
Compared to other nuts, almonds have the highest amount of vitamin E, which keeps the skin healthy and helps prevent cancer.
They are also a good source of fiber, which acts as an appetite suppressant and is a great help if you are looking to lose weight.
Benefits Of Almonds And The Paleo Diet
Almonds are fantastic because they are easy to carry around and are available throughout the year. They can be enjoyed in various forms – raw, organic or dry roasted almonds are best.
Almonds are great as a snack or topping and in pesto or stuffing. Grind almonds in a food processor as a substitute for breadcrumbs. Almond butter can be used as a spread and almond flour is an indispensable substitute for recipes calling for wheat flour. Unsweetened almond milk can be used as a substitute for dairy milk.
Here are 3 ways you can enjoy benefits of almonds in your Paleo Diet:
Benefits Of Almond and Hazelnut Dukkah
Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment, which is traditionally eaten as a dip together with olive oil. You can vary the ingredients according to your preference. You can also coat fish, chicken or meat in dukkah before panfrying or broiling.
Makes 2 cups
Total Prep Time: 15 min
1 cup almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
½ cup sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon ground chili pepper
Sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
Place nuts on a baking tray and roast for a few minutes – keep your eyes on them because they could burn in an instant. Remove from oven and transfer to a clean tea towel. Rub gently to remove skins from hazelnuts.
Dry fry sesame seeds and spices in a frying pan until fragrant. Mix in the nuts and transfer to a food processor. The mix needs to have a slightly coarse texture, so do not over process. Use immediately or store in an airtight container, it will keep for up to 2 months.
Benefits Of Almonds And Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Makes 4 servings
Total Prep Time: 30 Min
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices nitrate-free bacon, chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 pound/450 grams Brussels sprouts, trimmed
Sea salt and black pepper
1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup toasted slivered almonds
Cut the Brussels sprouts in half if they are too big.
Heat oil in a pan over medium to high heat. Cook bacon till crisp, remove and drain on paper towels.
In the same pan, put in shallots and stir fry till soft. Put in Brussels sprouts and stir-fry for 1 minute. Season, add chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover and lower heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes – do not overcook the sprouts as this will make them taste bitter. Remove from heat, add in lemon juice and stir. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.
Benefits Of Almond And Orange Cake
Makes 12 servings
Total Prep Time: 1.5 hours
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 pastured eggs
½ cup raw honey or maple syrup
3 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup slivered almonds
Put oranges whole in a pot. Add enough water to cover and bring to boil. Then lower the heat and simmer for about 1 ½ to 2 hours, until you can easily poke through the skins with a skewer. Remove oranges. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop and transfer to a food processor. Process until smooth.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Grease a 9-inch/22 cm spring-form pan with butter and line with parchment paper.
Break eggs into a mixing bowl together with the honey and beat till fluffy. Add in orange pulp, almond flour, and baking powder. Beat till well combined. Pour into pan, sprinkle with almonds and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. When you insert a skewer into the center of the cake and it comes out clean, it’s cooked. Remove and transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve with whipped coconut cream.