National Almond Day Recipes
National Almond Day is February 16, but we love almonds everyday! Almonds are full of healthy fats, as well as fiber, magnesium, vitamin E and are a good source of protein. Almonds have been found to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and can even help to reduce hunger, which promotes weight loss. Eating nuts, like almonds, as part of your healthy diet, may also be good for your heart. We love their slightly nutty taste as a basis for many healthy recipes, like Dr. Aviv’s healthy “Power Bar,” which also makes a wonderful smoothie (with 8oz of almond milk) or can even be made into smaller “Power Balls” for quick bites on the go!
DR. AVIV’S ACID WATCHER DIET POWER BAR
This clean-eating protein bar eliminates the processed ingredients found in many packaged snack bars.
POWER BAR INGREDIENTS:
2 pitted dates
1 tablespoon of organic, raw peanut butter
1 drop vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of shredded coconut
8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Handful ice cubes
1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional)
In a food processor add almonds and pitted dates. Grind well for sixty seconds. Place this mixture into a small mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well with a spoon for a couple of minutes. Transfer the mixture to a cutting board and shape it to resemble a standard “power” bar. Coat the bar with shredded coconut on both sides and enjoy one of the healthiest power bars you’ll ever eat!
If making smaller balls, place mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so that the ingredients can begin to stick together more easily. On parchment paper, roll into ping pong ball sized balls, then roll each ball in the shredded coconut. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days (if they last that long!)
If making a smoothie, combine all above ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.