New in the Market: Blue Diamond Thin Shelled Almonds

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 20, 2013 · 1 comment

 

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We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

For years people avoided nuts because they were high in fat. They ate nuts as a guilty pleasure. All that has changed. Nuts are now considered a heart healthy food because they contain no cholesterol and very little saturated fat. Eating nuts regularly may even aid in dieting.

The healthy fats and high protein content of nuts may increase your feeling of satisfaction and recent research has demonstrated that not all the calories in nuts, most notably almonds, are absorbed. A study supported by the USDA and the Almond Board of California showed that in a 1-ounce serving of almonds with 168 calories, only 129 calories were used by humans.

The key to eating nuts is portion control – keep your serving to a handful not a canful. How do you gauge a serving? For almonds that is easy – a shot glassful, the number of almonds that will fill a 3 X 3-inch post-it note, or ¼ cup of shelled almonds all equal a serving, 1-ounce, or approximately 23 nuts.

We also know that slowing down the process of eating, makes you eat less and provides more satisfaction because you are giving your brain time to recognize that your body has been fed. Shelling nuts is a perfect example of stretching out eating.

Blue Diamond’s Thin-Shell Almonds are a new and interesting nut choice. They are soaked in water and then slowly dry roasted leaving a thin shell that can be easily cracked open. They are easier to shell then peanuts. Thin-Shell Almonds are available as Unsalted (no sodium) or Hint of Sea Salt (55 milligrams of sodium) in a 1-ounce (24 nut) serving. Both flavors are kosher certified (OU).

Blue Diamond recommends eating the almonds within 2 weeks of opening the package. The shelf life can be extended to 4 weeks by storing the almonds in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Thin-Shell Almonds are a nice snack choice and a healthy addition to on-the-go lunches.

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