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Pesto Almonds

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Almonds May Help Manage Blood Sugar (NAPSA) - Those who get cravings for starchy comfort foods-such as bread and mashed potatoes-may want to grab a handful of almonds instead.

Research published in The Journal of Nutrition shows that eating almonds may play a role in avoiding blood sugar spikes after eating a carbohydrate-rich meal of foods that raise blood sugar levels. The same study shows that eating almonds may help prevent oxidative stress.

Pesto Almonds
"We found that eating two servings of almonds can have a significant impact in blunting the glycemic and insulin responses of the body when fed with a meal high in carbohydrates," said co-author Dr. Cyril Kendall from the University of Toronto. He added that including almonds in the diet may have implications for helping in the management of blood glucose levels. The health consequences of high blood glucose cause an estimated 3 million deaths worldwide annually, according to research published last year in The Lancet.

A 1-ounce handful of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, a good source of fiber, and offers protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and monounsaturated fat.

Here's a seasoned almond recipe to try-and it goes well with a bowl of pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups whole natural almonds
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 225 F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Combine the egg whites and basil in a blender; process on low speed until mixture is pureed. Toss egg white mixture with the almonds. Drain in a colander.

Stir together cheese, salt and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Add drained almonds and toss to coat. Place almonds in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings


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