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Satisfying Snacks for all Occasions (NC) - When you're at work and looking for a mid-morning boost, or at the grocery store looking for a pre-dinner nosh, you can always rely on almonds. With toasty flavour, crunch and essential nutrients, almonds are a nutritious alternative to potato chips or pretzels.
That makes them a great substitute for chips and dip. The delicate, toasty flavour of almonds goes well with a variety of ingredients for a satisfying snack.
When choosing a snack, "reach for nutrition, taste and ease; almonds fit the bill," Charlebois says. "Always snack in moderation leaving some appetite for the next meal to come."
While not all tasty foods are good for you, a handful of almonds (about 23) is packed with the antioxidant vitamin E, protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron, all in 160 calories. Plus, research shows that almonds can help lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol levels.
From honey-roasted almonds to parmesan-herb almonds to spicy Cajun almonds, there is an almond snack to satisfy every palate.
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 liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Cool and toss gently with feta, almonds, vegetables and vinaigrette. Serve.
Combine vinegar and lime juice in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until mixture is smooth and uniform. Stir in chives and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
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