Tasty Ways to Enjoy Nuts and Seeds

Almonds offer more calcium than any other tree nut, making them a boon for bone and heart health. Although 40 percent of the world’s almond supply is used by chocolate manufacturers, the nut doesn’t need loads of added sugar to satisfy. Simply sprinkle your favorite spices or seasonings over whole almonds and stick ‘em in the oven for 15 minutes to get that cozy, toasted taste. (Try my recipe if you like the sound of paprika, cumin and Old Bay seasoning with a cayenne kick—yum.)

You can also use sliced almonds as a crunchy topping for oatmeal, yogurt, fresh salads, warm casseroles… you name it. Need something nutty for the kids? Try combining 2 ounces of chopped almonds with whole-wheat bread crumbs to create a healthy “breading” for chicken tenders. And don’t forget about almond butter! Spread 1 or 2 tablespoons on a banana, apple slice or celery sticks for a filling snack, or spoon the stuff into a delicious fruit smoothie like my Banana-Almond Energizer.