So if you don’t already know, February is National Heart Month. Aside from the fact that Valentine’s day is right smack dab in the middle of the month, it is also National Heart Disease Awareness month.
Supposedly almonds are good for your heart, so I decided to dedicate this post, just a few days after heart day, to the many almond products I’ve been using to support my heart health!
First up: Almond French Twists
I had a few dinner guests one night, and my friend Lindsay (who refuses to show up empty handed no matter how many times I beg her not to bring anyhting) brought this for dessert. My wisdom teeth were sore at the time so it was hard to open my mouth wide enough to take a bite, but once I was able to delve in, I loved them!
They were crunchy, flavorful, sweet and delicious! And only 30 calories each to boot!
Next: Almond Butter
Finally! I have been hearing SO much about almond butter for MONTHS! Where I usually grocery shop they only have one brand and it’s over $8 – $11 for a small jar! I don’t mind splurging on certain things here and there, but not on something I’m trying for the first time!
I recently did some research and came across Barney Butter. I was hoping to find a way to get my hands on some, and then saw it on the shelf in the organic department at my local ShopRite! And for only about $5!
Of course I opted for the crunchy variety, and it is so good! It deifnitely lived up to all of the hype. If you haven’t tried it, I strongly suggest it!
I ate it here on a Light Thomas’ Fiber Plus English Muffin.
Third on the list: Almond Butter Perfect Foods Bar
I heard so much about Perfect Foods Bar from Meg and decided I just had to try them. Katie over at PFB was nice enough to send me a little sampler pack, one of which was Almond Butter Flavor.
I hate to say it, but I am NOT a fan. It tastes way too earthy for me, and the almond butter flavor its self is too strong. I think it’s just my personal preference because I don’t like things that are mostly peanut butter either. I would rather something be primarily chocolate with a little peanut butter, for example. I gave it a few bites and just couldn’t do it any more. I will be giving the Cranberry Crunch a try soon though, so look out for that! 🙂
Next up: Almond Milk
I use this in everything instead of regular milk. I like Almond Breeze and Silk brands, and prefer plain/original and Light. But sometimes, like when I shop at Target, I have to get what they have, which is often Vanilla. Most pleasant surprise: it doesn’t taste weird in eggs, despite the vanilla flavoring.
I’ve used this in smoothies, eggs, cereal, you name it!
Here it is part of a line-up to be used to make a dark chocolate berry smoothie (post coming soon!) 🙂
Can’t leave out beverages!
Also in the spirit of Heart Month, I tried Dunkin’ Donuts Toasted Almond flavored coffee. I’m sure there’s no real almond in it, but I decided to try it anyway. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, but I’m not a huge fan – nothing to rave about.
I knew I loved Starbucks, but I think I may be almost anti-Dunkin’! (Coffee, that is.. LOVE the eggwhite flatbreads and hasbrowns). Not sure I can really afford the switch to Starbucks, but I really can’t rationalize drinking something I don’t really like when right down the street I can get something I LOVE for not that much more money!
Last but certainly not least: Raw Almonds
Gadget: Oxo brand “slap chop”
I always have these on hand. I absolutely love my Oxo brand “slap chop” and often use it to chop up some almonds to throw in a salad or with chicken and light mayo in a chicken salad.
I eat them plain, dipped in ginger sauce, as a crust on chicken – so many options!
Compare & Contrast: Nature Valley v. Great Value Almond Bar
Not much to say about this other than DO NOT BUY THE WALMART BRAND OF NATURE VALLEY ALMOND BARS! I absolutely LOVE the Nature Valley brand- they are sweet and salty and the coating on one side of the bar is truly delectable! So tasty!
The Great Value brand is dry, tough and almost flavorless. Yuck!
EATSOMETHINGNEW: In my quest to find other almond lovers to share this post with, I found Lauren over at Keep it Sweet. Her site ROCKS and I can not wait to try her chocolate almond butter cookies!
Check her out! 🙂 And Check back here over in “Remakes” for my review of her recipe in the next week!
According to the American Heart Association, 90% of women have 1 or more risk factors for Heart Disease.
Not too hard to get almonds worked in to your diet afterall, huh? So why not act proactively, add some almonds to your diet and work toward preventing heart disease?
Do you eat almonds? What about other heart-healthy foods?
What’s your favorite almond food/product?