I could stand to lose a few pounds.
Ok, fine. We’re all friends, right? I’ll admit it. I could stand to lose just a smidge more than a few pounds. And then a few more. I’m not alone. According to the Food Research and Action Center, two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight.
Some people believe that to lose weight you have to cut out nearly all carbs from your diet. Others think that you can eat anything you want, as long as it’s in moderation. I helped organize a health seminar for a client recently and the guest speaker told us that you can eat anything that “has a mother or a root” and all of it must be organic.
It’s all very confusing. Everyone claims to be an expert.
Whatever your nutrition philosophy, I think we can all agree that some foods are better than others. While I’d like to believe that chocolate, candy, cake, brownies and cookies are healthy snack options if not meal ideas, I can’t find any research to support this dream.
In a search for healthier snacks, I discovered cocoa roasted almonds.
Almonds are the perfect snack. They’ve got that all-important crunch, they’re portable and easily available, and they’re packed with nutrients. According to the Almond Board of California almonds provide fiber, “good” monounsaturated fats, and 6 grams of protein to help you feel full. Compared to other tree nuts, ounce for ounce, almonds are highest in protein (6 g), fiber (3.5 g), alpha-tocopherol vitamin E (7.4 mg), calcium (75 mg), riboflavin (0.3 mg) and niacin (1.0 mg).
For me, plain almonds are a little boring. While I enjoy the crunch, they don’t satisfy my Texas-sized sweet tooth. Unlike their unadorned cousins, cocoa roasted almonds are slightly sweet, with a very light cocoa taste. That hint of sweetness is the first thing you taste when you put one in your mouth.
They are not at all the same thing as chocolate-covered almonds and they don’t taste like candy. They taste like almonds with just a little “more.” More flavor, more cocoa deliciousness, more protein than regular roasted almonds. Each 1 oz. serving has 150 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 3 grams polyunsaturated fat, 8 grams monounsaturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 6 grams carbs, and 6 grams protein.
I found my jar of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds in the snack aisle at my local grocery store, not in the nut section. The price was about $6.99 for an 11 oz. container. They’re also available in 100-calorie packs, sold 7 to a box.
Cocoa roasted almonds do not satisfy every craving for sweets that I have. I’m not sure even Willy Wonka could do that. But, they are a much healthier alternative to the M&Ms I might otherwise be inclined to shovel into my mouth. They’re much more filling than candy and require more work—i.e., chewing—to consume.
The way I figure it, all that extra chewing has got to burn off some calories, right?
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