Almond Recipes For The Summer

 By: Chetan Chopra
We know that finding the right snack during summers can be a task, however a handful of almonds (30 grams/23 almonds ) could be a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day; whether at home, work or on the go.

Almonds are easy and quick to flavor that go with just about any masala/spices, and acts as an essential ingredient to many delicious snack recipes. These nuts are rich in various essential nutrients and can really help in summers when many people cut back on heavy eating, and often fail to get the essential nutrients.

Here are a few health tips of adding almonds to your daily diet and snack recipes:

- Keep a stock of almonds in your desk drawers, car dashboard, your handbags or laptop bags, for convenient snacking.

- Almonds make a great addition to any meal. Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and by adding almonds to it, you can enhance its nutritional value.

- Almonds would work perfectly as a post workout snack, they are quick to eat and will give you all the important nutrients.

- Adding almonds to your salad will make it taste better and healthier. It is the perfect choice for weight watchers.

Get inspired and start cooking up these healthy snack recipes and enjoy the most delicious dishes this summer.

1. Almond and Soya Milk Smoothie

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: no cooking time

Ingredients:
Almond Flakes - 100g
Soya Milk - 750ml
Honey - 150g
Whole almonds - 350g
Banana - 200g

Method:
In a mixer jar, take whole almonds without skin, add soya milk, honey and banana in it. Blend it and garnish with roasted almonds flakes.
Tip: Add a berry flavour as per availability to enhance flavour.

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories 3588
Protein 122g
Total fat 240.6g
Saturated 17.4g
Monounsaturated 144g
Polyunsaturated 56.6g
Carbohydrates 267.6g
Fibre 40.8g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 440.7mg
Calcium 2154mg
Magnesium 1407.6mg
Potassium 4351mg
Vitamin E 118.5mg

2. Almond, oranges and Roast Pumpkin salad

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Cooking time: no cooking time

Ingredients:
Pumpkin - 50g
Fresh Orange - 50g
Mixed Lettuce - 200g
Almond Flakes - 50g
Olive oil - 25g
Honey - 10g
Mustard - 10g
Almond paste - 20g
Balsamic vinegar - 20ml
Almond slivers toasted - 30g

Method:
Cut Pumpkin into wedges and marinate it with honey, rosemary and roast it for 30-35 minutes or until cooked at 180 C.Peel fresh orange and cut into wedges. Then, in a bowl, add olive oil, honey, salt and almond paste, and balsamic. Blend it and keep it aside.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients, including lettuce, roasted pumpkin, then add dressing and plate it.Sprinkle with toasted almond slivers.

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories 853
Protein 24.3g
Total fat 70.7g
Saturated 6.9g
Monounsaturated 48.9g
Polyunsaturated 14g
Carbohydrates 39.7g
Fibre 10.4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 121mg
Calcium 356.2 mg
Magnesium 324.9mg
Potassium 817.8mg
Vitamin E 28.6mg

3. Almond and Peach relish

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
Almonds whole - 400g
Peach - 350g
Sugar - 150g
Cinnamon - 1no.
Star anise “ 1no.
Fresh red chili - 1no.
Balsamic Vinegar - 50ml

Method:
In a clean bowl, soak whole almonds in hot water and keep it for 15 minutes. Then remove the skin.On a clean chopping board cut peach in dices and keep it aside. Take fresh red chili, slit it and remove the seeds and keep it aside.

In a pan, put grain sugar and caramelize it add whole skinless almonds in it. When it is done add diced peach, cinnamon stick, star anise and slit chili in it and cook further.Add Balsamic vinegar in it and let it reduce.Add the blanched and peeled almonds and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Keep stirring during this time. Remove star anise and cinnamon stick and serve it with crostini, crisp bread, nachos or even toasted bread and enjoy as a beautiful relish.
Tip: after cooling down the relish store in a cool and dry container and store in a refrigerator and could be used for even a month.

Nutrient Analysis:
Calories 3060
Protein 89.9g
Total fat 201g
Saturated 14g
Monounsaturated 128.8g
Polyunsaturated 50.3g
Carbohydrates 272.2g
Fibre 46.2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 7mg
Calcium 1108.5mg
Magnesium 1145.5 mg
Potassium 4385 mg
Vitamin E 106.9 mg
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