Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and vitamin B2, among many other nutrients. They’re known to sharpen the memory, support heart health, and improve the skin. What’s more, they taste pretty good. Raw or roasted, you don’t always have to munch on almonds as is. Here are some innovative ways to add this nutrient powerhouse to your diet:
1. Flour: Almond flour or almond meal is made of ground whole almonds, and makes for a great baking flour substitute. You can also add it to your savory sauces to thicken them. Here’s a solution for gluten-free baking.
2. Oil: Raw almonds are pressed to make smooth, vitamin-rich oil that can be used for skincare and haircare benefits. Almond oil can also be used for light sautéing and frying of food, and to make salad dressings.
3. Milk: Almond milk is made from finely ground almonds and water. It has a mild taste and creamy texture. It makes for a great non-dairy source of milk.
4. Butter: Ground almond nuts are made into a creamy paste to form almond butter. Go ahead, enjoy this healthy, delicious spread like peanut butter over your morning toasts.
5. Cheese: Like almond milk and butter, you can use this nut to make cheese as well. Almond cheese is slightly grainy and clean-tasting, similar to ricotta, making it an excellent choice for vegetable salad.