The old adage might attest that an apple a day is the secret to good health, but a recent study from the University of Florida suggests that eating a handful of almonds is actually the better daily habit. Researchers studied 28 parent-child pairs and found that by eating a small amount of almonds (an ounce and a half for adults, a half ounce for children) or an equivalent amount of almond butter every day for three weeks, both the parents and children increased their total Healthy Eating Index score, which measures dietary health. Both groups decreased their intake of empty calories and increased their protein consumption.
According to Science Daily, the authors of the study hope that it will encourage parents to incorporate almonds into their children’s diets so they learn healthy eating patterns for the future. But the researchers did see one hiccup: Some of the kids didn’t like almonds while others quickly got bored with the plain nuts. So they came up with ways for parents to use the almonds in foods like smoothies or sandwiches. We have a few ideas, too. Here, our best recipes to help you get that handful of almonds every day.
Sweet and juicy tomatoes with crunchy toasted almonds and nutty cheese make a delicious topping for pasta.