Food Recommendation – Cocoa Roast Almonds

I recently purchased Cocoa Roast Almonds from Emerald Nuts. They have them in 100 calorie packs, which seemed like a wise decision for me since I have a tendency to misplace my restraint when it comes to large packages of food.

When I opened the box and saw the size of each individual pack, I was rather disappointed. I knew they would be small, but it felt like there were only 5 or 6 almonds in there! What’s the point!? I tucked them away and didn’t think about them again.

Until this afternoon, that is, when I needed a chocolate fix. Three o’clock slump, anyone? I pulled out a pack and made myself a cup of hot tea, hoping the that would help fill me up, since there clearly weren’t going to be enough almonds to do it.

First of all, the almonds are REALLY GOOD. There’s just a dusting of cocoa powder on them – they’re not covered in chocolate – but they have a very distinct dark chocolate flavor. There’s also a hint of salt, and of course, the almond itself.

Secondly, there were far more in the little package than I expected – 18 to be exact (of course I counted…). When you think about it, none of those 100 calorie packs give you much; they’re mostly to satisfy a craving, which these definitely did. I made each almond three bites, too, so they’d last longer. I’m all about prolonging gratification.

Besides being a delicious chocolate-craving killer, almonds have a lot of health benefits: They’re a great source of Vitamin E, have good amounts of magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber and are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol. They contain more calcium than any other nut which makes them great for vegetarians who do not eat any dairy products. In addition, although almonds are high in fat and calories, eating them in moderation can actually help with weight loss – just remember that word moderation.

Read more about the Health Benefits of Almonds in this article by Fiona Wilkinson!

2 Responses to “Food Recommendation – Cocoa Roast Almonds”

  1. Tea Chef Says:

    hot tea…

    Tea Chef…

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