One of my greatest passions is FOOD! I travel the world to experience new flavor profiles and learn new recipes to keep meals diverse and delicious.  “Food as medicine” is a hot topic these days prioritizing whole foods over processed in order to live a healthier, happier life. What is wrong with that? NOTHING. But individual foods also have healing qualities that can prevent and reverse chronic disease. Using  a new lens to see that food IS medicine will keep you and your family energized, disease free and living a long, healthy life.

This month’s food highlight is ALMONDS!

Almonds come in all forms and flavor but let’s talk about the raw almond and all it’s medicinal glory:

  • 2 ounces of almonds meet the daily supply of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), crucial in preventing heart disease
  • That crunchy snack lowers high blood pressure and increase HDL, the good cholesterol!
  • Ground into a paste, this “nutty” seed mixed with oatmeal can help pass Kidney stones
  • British Journal of Nutrition reported eating 2 ounces of almonds per day while changes nothing in the diet resulted in patients eating less sodium, sugar, trans fats and calories overall. They act as a appetite suppressant.

What more could you ask for? Almonds are also versatile and add a great crunchy texture to recipes. Here is delicious and easy recipe to showcase the amazing almond.

Almond Crusted Tilapia Recipe

1 cup sliced almonds, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 (6-oz.) tilapia fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil


1. Process 1/2 cup almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, and combine with 1/4 cup flour in a shallow bowl.

2. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt; dredge in almond mixture.

3. Melt butter with olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat; add fish, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove fillets to a serving plate.

4. Add remaining 1/2 cup almonds to skillet, and cook, stirring often, 1 minute or until golden. Remove almonds with a slotted spoon, and sprinkle over fish.