On my last diet attempt, I tried to skip snacks and just eat three full meals a day. However, it only made me hungrier, leading me to overeat during most meals. Now I figured I should eat some snacks in between, and almonds seem to be a healthy snacking staple.
I thought about almonds because I learned that these delicious nuts give quite a number of benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels, rich in antioxidants, and weight control. According to International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, almonds can help obese adults lose weight easier compared to a diet high in complex carbohydrates or fiber such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They also help you feel full, which could help in preventing overeating.
Being a curious but lazy butt that I am, I looked up some ways to make healthy and delicious snacks out of almonds that do not require too much preparation. Here’s what I got so far:
Almonds, Almonds, Almonds
The easiest and most obvious idea–all you have to do is buy some delicious almonds, and keep some at home, in your office, and in your bag in case you get hungry on the go.
Almonds + Yogurt
Get plain yogurt and then add a tablespoon or two of almonds in it for some crunch. You can also add fruits like berries and banana so you won’t get sick of eating this. Try this Yogurt with Apple and Almonds recipe I found on Sweet and Saucy. If you want something sweeter, you can also try vanilla or chocolate pudding instead of yogurt.
Almonds in Your Protein Shake
If you’re at home or you have access to a blender, simply include chopped almonds to your protein shake ingredients, blend them together, and enjoy. This is also a delicious breakfast fix for those days when you are running late. Why not try this amazing Almond Dairy-Free Protein Shake recipe from GoDairyFree.org, which is great for persons with lactose intolerance.
Pesto Pasta with Almonds
While this may require more time in the kitchen (also it’s more of a dinner than a snack, but then most of my late afternoon snacking becomes an early dinner anyway, so yeah), making pesto pasta doesn’t take a lot of effort. All you need are the pasta, olive oil, basil leaves, and almonds. Just cook the pasta, put the basil leaves and almonds in the food processor, then mix them all together with olive oil. I love eating pesto pasta for dinner, too, and if you want to have this as a full meal, you can add some leftover chicken or tuna flakes. Try this Kale Pesto Pasta recipe from Inspired Taste, which uses kale instead of basil leaves.
Almond Trail Mix
Of course, let’s not forget about the trail mix. This snack is so popular among dieters and non-dieters that I bet we all have our own recipes for it (Don’t have one? Try this!). For an almond version, feel free to use your favorite trail mix recipe, but instead of using chocolate candy, try adding Jordan Almonds. These are candy-covered almonds that are commonly served in weddings, but you can easily buy them in stores and online. Just like M&M’s, Jordan Almonds also come in different colors, making your trail mix look yummy to eat.
There are so many ways to add almonds to your diet, whether it’s for a snack or a full meal. With these simple ways of healthy snacking you can do right now, you will be able to curb your appetite and hopefully solve your overeating problem in no time.
Do you have other healthy snack ideas? Let me know in the comments!