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. 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.