Nuts are a great food to be included in your kids diet, and this weekend we included a lot of them. Experts recommend including 1 ounce of nuts per day. The reason?
- They are richly dense with good fats, including Omega 3, ALA, and monounsaturated fats.
- They are rich in vitamin E
- They are highly satiating so they make a perfect snack.
- They are rich in magnesium and zinc.
- Nuts with a high amount of nutrients, and that taste good too are walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and cashews.
We have a tradition at my house to roast nuts every Christmas. We eat a lot of them, but we give a lot of them away too. This year we added the cinnamon- no sugar added pecans and chocolate covered almonds to our holiday baking, but we also made our traditional cinnamon almonds. Roasting nuts for the holidays is great because I don’t feel bad when my kids steal a few bites of these nutrient rich nuts during our cooking extravaganza. In fact, I encourage it.
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Steps for making Cinnamon Almonds
- 1 lb almonds
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Beat egg white and vanilla until fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon and salt.
- Dump 1 pound of almonds into egg white mixture and stir to coat.
- Dump sugar mixture on almonds and stir to coat.
- Pour nuts onto a cookie sheet, in a single layer.
- Bake at 225 F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
We usually find some fun bags or jars to put our nuts in and bring them to friends and family!