Almonds have been called a heart healthy food by many Doctors. It has been suggested that one eat a handful of raw almonds everyday. Some people prefer the toasted honey coated version of almonds that were previously served as a "light snack" on airlines. It has been suggested that all of the vital nutrients below have been cooked out by heat when roasted and that almonds shoud be consumed raw.
Almonds are high in vitamin B and protein. One cup of shelled almonds contains 26 grams of protein, 77 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 332 milligrams of calcium and small amounts of vitamins B1,B2, iron and niacin.
The vitamix food processor and mixer has become irreplaceable in heart healthy kitchens. It makes the best smoothie out of most anything. It even makes the raw almond a tasty treat when processed with banannas.
Almond Bananna Smoothie
1 cup raw almonds
2 large banannas (the bananna substitutes for sugar so add to your taste)
1/2 cup of soy milk (rice, or skim milk may also be used. I am lactose intolerant)
4 large frozen strawberries (optional)
Put the soy milk into the mixer first. It makes blending easier. Add the almonds and blend on high speed until they are basically liquid. Add the strawberries and blend until they are thoroughly blended. Pour in a glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh peppermint. Some of the smoothie may be poured into frozen ice pop molds and frozen for later. It makes a great pop that replaces ice cream.