Almonds and popcorn and seeds—oh my! These three things may just be my ultimate snacking trifecta. They are all easy to pack in my purse or bag when I'm on-the-go, as well as for when I feel a between-meals snack attack coming on. So combining the three might just be one of the smartest things I've done lately.
A little over a week ago, I mentioned that I'd be sharing a few healthy snack recipe ideas in honor of February being National Snacking month, as well as Almond Month and American Heart Month. Today I'm back with recipe number two, a sweet and spicy snack mix that is actually pretty darn good for you (you know, as long as you employ self control).
The sweetness in this snack mix comes solely from maple syrup. I combine it with toasted seeds and spices before allowing it to bubble on the heat for a very short time, just until it starts to turn thick, before drizzling it over roasted almonds and air-popped popcorn. The warming spices and a little pinch of cayenne and black pepper add just a hint of heat in the maple coating.
The result is a glorious snack that you'd probably never guess was actually healthy if you didn't already know. As a bonus, my kids loved it as much as I did!
almonds are a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, and antioxidants; they contain 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 13 grams of "good fat" (the unsaturated kind) in every ounce. Plus they're naturally cholesterol and gluten free. Actually, this entire snack mix is gluten free!
Do you have a favorite way to snack on heart-healthy almonds? You can learn more about Almond Month, plus get more recipes and nutrition tips at www.almonds.com/celebratealmonds.