Although toddlers eat smaller portion than adults do, they definitely need more energy and nutrient to support their rapid growth. From this aspect, snacks can play a significant role in fortifying their dietary requirements. Hence, parents and caretaker need to prepare snacks that are as healthy as possible. It’s also important to keep the serving size small and plan the serving time well too so that it will not affect our children’s appetite for their three main meals.
Since my son is no longer allergic to nuts, I love to offer him roasted nuts for snack. Besides cashew nuts, recently I also started to roast almonds for my family. For that, I must thank one of my readers (whom I will introduce later) for her generous sharing of a great recipe and tips.
Compared to most other nuts, almond is packed with a lot more essential nutrients. It’s rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. There are dozen of health benefits from eating almonds. Some of them are as below:
Below are some interesting and useful information about almonds:
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Although almonds may sound ideal to our health, they have their own cons as well. They contain oxalates and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization. So people having kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds. Besides that, just like other nuts, it may pose allergic issues and choking hazard to babies and toddlers (below five years old). Parents and caretakers should exercise extra care when introducing nuts to their children.
For further reading references, please refer to:
– Health Benefits of Almonds (by Organic Facts)
– Almonds on the Go (by Food Fit)
– Almonds (by WHFoods)
– Almonds Lifestyle (by Almonds Board of California)
This honey roasted almonds recipe is shared by my reader KY who had personally tried and tested it herself. She told me that this recipe was proven quick (only 20-25 minutes), easy (just a few simple ingredients) and yummilious. That’s why she enjoyed making them for her family from time to time even though she is a busy working mom.
After trying it out myself, I can’t agree more with KY. Yeah, it is a MUST TRY recipe for nut lovers!! My family loved it very much. When I laid the roasted almonds on the grease-proof paper to cool down, both my hubby and son were poised to “attack” those crunchy and flavourful almonds. The temptation is so irresistable!! (Please be warned that munching almonds can be addictive!!) For those who prefer a healthy version, just omit the sugar/ salt mixture and roast the almonds plain. The taste is good too. If you haven’t included almonds in your family’s diet, then better hurry and give this recipe a try.
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