WE'RE NUTS ABOUT ALMONDS
Pick up California grown raw, roasted, salted and flavored almonds from Smit Orchards and Hopkins AG at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market. Toss some in your backpack whether you’re hiking Cowles Mountain or just taking the stairs to work, stash some in your desk drawer for the mid afternoon munchies, keep them on hand for a healthy snack for hungry kids.
A handful of almonds has almost half the fiber your body needs each day, twenty grams of protein and a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats, the ones that lower levels of harmful cholesterol. With fantastic flavors like Smit’s wasabi or orange honey and Hopkins’ peppered tomato or Mexican chocolate, there’s a perfect almond for everyone in your family.
Sprinkle sliced almonds over stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms from Kawano Farms or a bowl of gazpacho from One Fresh Meal. Go totally nuts and top a dish of almond-based Bitchin Sauce with crunchy crushed almonds - don’t forget celery and carrots from JR Organics for dipping. Spread some of Hopkins AG’s awesome almond butter on a slice of freshly baked Belen Bakery Date Walnut bread. Crunch on!