Brain Talks ~ Recipes: From Almond Milk to Trout Amandine…11 Healthy Recipes Using Almonds

With the recent popularity of low carb and keto diets, almonds (specifically, almond flour) has become very popular as an alternative in baking. But beyond the use as a low carb flour, almonds have many health benefits.

Yesterday, I talked about phytomelatonin as a way to boost melatonin levels in the body. You can read that article on my main blog HERE. You can read more about the health benefits of melatonin HERE. Below you will see a chart of the foods highest in phytomelatonin, or plant based melatonin. As you can see, almonds are packed with this super hormone.

Almond Nutrition

(3)
  • 529 calories per cup
  • 130 calories per ounce (approximately 23 almonds)
  • Carbs: 5 grams per cup
  • Protein: 30 grams per cup
  • Fat: 71 grams per cup (more than 50% are heart healthy monounsaturated fats)

Health Benefits of Almonds

(1,2,3)
  • high in melatonin
  • high in many other nutrients including (1): Fiber: 3.5 grams, Protein: 6 grams, Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated), Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI, Manganese: 32% of the RDI, Magnesium: 20% of the RDI, as well as copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
  • high in anti-oxidants
  • help with blood sugar control
  • can lower cholesterol
  • lower caloric intake by reducing hunger
  • anti-cancer properties
  • delay wrinkles
  • improve skin complexion
  • aids in weight loss
  • boost brain health
  • improve bone health
  • anti-inflammatory

Now that you know WHY you should be eating almonds, here are 10 different recipes for creative ways to eat these healthy gems, PLUS how to make almond milk! ENJOY!

How to Make Almond Milk

Wellness Mama

For people who are dairy free, milk alternatives have become very popular. By making your own, you avoid the harmful additives found in store bought varieties, such as carrageenan, which is added for texture and shelf stability.

Almond Pulp Hummus

Detoxinista

After you make almond milk, you’ll have left over pulp. Don’t throw it away! Use it in recipes, such as this hummus.

Almond Pulp Crackers

Detoxinista

Here’s another way to use leftover almond pulp.

Easy Homemade Almond Butter

Beaming Baker

Cinnamon Toasted Almonds

Joyful Healthy Eats

DIY Fruit & Nut Bars

(AKA: Homemade Lara Bars)

Popsugar Fitness

Healthy Almond Joy Breakfast Cookie

Clean & Delicious

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with

Cilantro-Almond Pesto

Eating Well

Trout Amandine

Eating Well

3-Ingredient Apple Almond Breakfast Bars

Nest & Glow

Healthy No Bake Almond Joy Bars

Joyful Healthy Eats

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds
  2. https://thepurplealmond.com/2020/01/13/brain-talks-fighting-to-remember-melatonin-alzheimers-disease-part-1/
  3. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html

cover photo source: detoxinista.com

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, ROHP/RNCP wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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