Almonds

Almonds are becoming many people’s favorite nut, consumption has risen by 11 percent per year in the past 6 years. But then, they DO have a lot of health benefits, when included as part of a balanced eating plan. They can help lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and help promote a healthy weight. They also contain the antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, protein and fiber, as well as calcium.

Try this salad –

Quinoa with Almonds, Feta and Summer Vegetables

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 ounces cubed feta cheese
1/2 cup sliced almonds, (optional – roast them for an even nuttier taste)
1/2 pint cherry or small plum tomatoes, halved

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 small zucchini, trimmed and diced

2 scallions (spring onions), diced

Vinaigrette

or salad dressing to taste

Method

Place quinoa in a medium pot and rinse with water. Strain out water; add broth and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Cool and toss gently with feta, almonds, vegetables and vinaigrette.

Make it even more low carb
Replace the quinoa with spiralised zucchini. If you have a spiraliser, then turn your zucchini into spirals, cook in boiling broth or water for 3 to 5 minutes, until al dente, that is, like pasta, still with a bit of a crunch!