Of all the things to love about almonds, this one should really get your heart pumping: research shows that a diet high in nutritious nuts can help support healthy cholesterol levels.*
Just one ounce of almonds (about 22 nuts) packs more protein than an egg and provides more than three grams of dietary fiber. Almonds are also a rich source of vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese and copper.
Shelled almonds are available whole, sliced or slivered with skin on, or blanched with skin removed. When choosing dry-roasted almonds, look for the kind without added sugar or preservatives. Store them in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place to prevent rancidity and to keep them from absorbing odors from other foods. Refrigerated almonds last several months, and frozen almonds are good for up to a year.
The following recipe is a fresh, salty-sweet twist on the traditional green bean side dish. Almonds coated with balsamic vinegar and Kosher salt add delicious texture and a bit of sweetness to this vegetable favorite.
Roasted Green Beans with Almonds and Lemon