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Celebrating National Almond Day- February 16th

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This Saturday, February 16th, is National Almond Day- a day to celebrate the delicious and nutritious nut! Almonds were among the earliest cultivated foods, and are still a main source of nutrients today. Continue reading to learn about the many benefits of almonds, and a few recipes to celebrate the day.

Nutrition and Benefits

Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut, as one ounce of almond contains only 160 calories, one gram of saturated fat, and no cholesterol. The unsaturated fat in almonds is a good type of fat, with 13 grams per one-ounce serving- about 20-25 almonds. They are also a great source of vitamin E and magnesium, protein, and potassium. Almonds are also known for being very filling, so they make excellent snacks. Keep them on you for the perfect pre-workout snack, or bring a bag of almonds and yogurt to keep your energy up at work.

Almond Waffles

There are many almond dessert recipes, but what about incorporating almonds into breakfast food? These almond waffles are the perfect weekend breakfast/brunch item to keep you full and energized all day! For about eight waffles, you will need:

  • ¾ cup unsalted roasted almonds

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • Vegetable oil spray

  • Butter and pure maple syrup for serving

Start by getting out your waffle iron and allow it to warm up. In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely ground, then transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Next, get a medium bowl and beat the egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer for about one minute, or until medium-soft peaks form. In a third bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the buttermilk and melted butter. Whisk the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, and fold in the beaten egg whites until you can’t see any white streaks. Now you’re ready to make the waffles- spray the waffle iron with oil, and pour even amounts of batter onto the iron. Cook for about three minutes, or until golden brown, and enjoy the almond-filled breakfast!

Recipe from: www.foodandwine.com

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