As you know from reading ETR, almonds have a host of health benefits. They can lower cholesterol, help reduce inflammation, and keep blood sugar in check. Plus, they are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. And back in 2003, I discovered a study that showed almonds help with weight loss. Since then, I’ve been recommending raw almonds to my clients as well as the millions of people who read my articles on the Internet and in Men’s Health magazine.

But some folks have a hard time eating almonds. Too boring, they say. So here are four suggestions:

  • Snack on dry-roasted, unsalted almonds. Roasted nuts are always tastier – but be careful to stick with the dry-roasted variety, not almonds roasted in oil. You can even roast your own at home. Simply put raw almonds on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Add raw cocoa nibs. There’s nothing like the combination of chocolate and nuts. Now, I’ll admit, this combo doesn’t beat a peanut butter cup – but it’s a good way to get more antioxidants (from the cocoa) and add an interesting taste to the almonds.
  • Mix in some goji berries. This is an acquired taste, but these dried berries from China are full of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. They’ll add zing to the almonds.
  • Try fresh blueberries with the almonds. Perfect for this time of year. And if you’ve got a few calories to spare, pour a little organic whipping cream over the top. Now that’s a great post-workout snack!
[Ed. Note: Staying healthy doesn’t have to be boring. That means adding a few tasty twists to your diet. But it also means dumping that long, slow, boring cardio workout. Learn more here.

For a free source of nutrition and fitness tips, check out ETR’s natural health e-letter.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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