For centuries, many cultures have considered almonds to be healthy and healing to our bodies. This power-packed food offers enormous benefits for heart health, brain function, immune system, inflammation, and blood pressure to name just a few. But how did this impressive superfood get its start on the food scene? Almonds are native to the Middle East, India, and North Africa. However, countries like Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey have made almonds a foundational ingredient in many of their recipes. Turkish breakfast, for example, is served with feta cheese, olives, pita bread, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds and other delicious ingredients. Check out my post on how to easily create an authentic Turkish breakfast at home.
The beautiful thing about almonds, besides their incredible health benefits, is the versatility in preparing them. From almond milk to almond butter, nut cheese to smoothies, granola to snacks, the creative uses of almonds are almost limitless. One of my life-long friends, Laurie Kerkinni, co-owner of Basimo Beach Cafe in Clearwater Beach Florida, shared her delicious recipe for these easy to make sweet almonds. Marinated in agave nectar and almond extract; these clever little gems bring a whole new excitement to the fun of snacking on this super-food. Look for my post on Basimo Beach Cafe, and Laurie’s other irresistible almond snack recipe called, Ginger Tamari almonds, and fall in love with these delicious nuts in a whole new way!
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