Beyond the Almond


Review by Debbie Mazo


Throughout history, almonds have maintained religious, ethnic, and social significance. Mentioned as far back as the Bible, almonds have been a prized ingredient in dishes served throughout the world from the deserts of Egypt to the Mediterranean shores of Spain and Italy.

When it comes to this delicacy today, Beyond the Almond has the nuts and bolts. Sponsored by the Almond Board of California, this site will change your attitude about almonds, long perceived as a threat to a healthy diet. Click on the Nutrition section and find out just how much of a nutritional sensation almonds really are. For example, just 20-25 almonds or one ounce will provide a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals, as well as protein and energy for the day. Just one of many reasons, you should add almonds to your diet!

Beyond the Almond If you're ready for a lifestyle change, You Are What You Eat will guide you down the path to eating well. With specifics on hypertension management, this section has the latest on an eating plan designed to help combat high blood pressure and promote good health. Want to lower your cholesterol? Then, follow the weekly menus with gourmet creations that feature simple, wholesome foods easily found on the shelves of your local grocery store. You can also get fit with Radu, a celebrity fitness specialist, who offers up healthy diet and exercise tips for your own personalized fitness and nutrition program.

From baked goods to main dishes to low-fat and meatless alternatives, the site's Recipe File is full of creative selections. For starters, sample the Spanish Almond-Onion Soup topped with a slice of French Bread. If you're looking for a meatless meal, try the Almond Jade Stir-Fry served with brown rice. There's also recipes designed to curb your snacking urges like Less Stress Almond Crisps and Spicy Cajun Almonds.

Take a visit to Beyond the Almond and you'll discover just how diverse almonds really are. From soup to nuts, this tasteful site offers the very latest--guaranteed to leave a satisfying crunch!


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.



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