We're calling this our favorite health prescription of the summer: Dr. Andrew Weil wants you to eat your almonds. In a recent newsletter, Dr. Weil explained why it's great to go nuts for these treats. Also featured below: His yummy almond cookie recipe.
Author of the "True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure" cookbook, Dr. Weil says that almonds are particularly great for snacks because they contain:
- Monounsaturated fats that help reduce the risk of heart disease
- Protein to provide sustained energy
- Calcium for strong and healthy bones
- Magnesium, which promotes normal blood pressure and healthy metabolism
He recommends low-salt or unsalted almonds, such as Trader Joe's Dry Roasted & Unsalted Almonds or Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Almonds, No Salt. You can also enjoy them for dessert as part of his delicious cookie recipe.
Sesame Almond Cookie Ingredients
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
- 3/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces silken tofu
- 1/2 cup light olive oil
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder and salt. Mix in the sesame seeds and chopped almonds.
3. In another bowl, mash the tofu and combine with the olive oil, sugar and almond extract. Mix well.
4. Using a rubber spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls, flatten between your palms, and place them on ungreased baking sheets. Bake the cookies about 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a rack.
Protein: 1.1 grams
Fat: 6.4 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams
Monounsat Fat: 4.4 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 0.8 grams
Carbohydrate: 6.7 grams
Fiber: 0.6 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 2.5 IU
Vitamin E: 1.0 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 0.0 mg
Calcium: 11.3 mg
Magnesium: 13.5 mg