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» Articles » Health » Almonds: The Garden Nut's Heart-Healthy Snack

Almonds: The Garden Nut's Heart-Healthy Snack

by Douglas L. Bishop on 4/5/2008 12:29

The almond tree, which usually reaches no more than 15 feet in height, makes a nice addition to your residential landscaping plan.

The small tree with its lush green foliage produces beautiful pink flowers that yield delicious heart healthy nuts.

The monounsaturated fat found in almonds has been shown to help protect against heart disease.

The nuts also contain photochemicals and arginine-rich proteins, which aid in heart health too.

Almonds, and in fact nuts in general, are a convenient and quick healthy snack food to have on hand.

A few almonds and an apple or other piece of fruit make a great afternoon or after school treat.

The nuts can be eaten raw and without salt or can be “dressed up” a bit for some additional flavor.

Here’s one possible serving idea: Into a small bowl of almonds (about 2 cups), stir a generous tablespoon of olive oil. Add ½ teaspoon of ginger and ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Sprinkle on some sea salt and then spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.

Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees.

After they cool, grab a handful of tasty almonds and munch them as you walk about your estate, admiring that beautiful little almond tree that graces the grounds.

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