A Snack: Toasted Almonds

This letter from Dr William Davis to Oprah Winfrey about the Weight Watchers diet makes very interesting reading. Anyone who has ever done Weight Watchers will know about the difficulty of managing snacking. On a low carb diet (LCHF) there isn’t an overwhelming desire to snack due to not suffering from extreme spikes and dips in insulin levels. However, it can be nice to have something to nibble on occasionally. Nuts fit this bill perfectly.

Nuts which are sold roasted and salted should be avoided at all costs, as they are treated using toxic vegetable oils. Raw nuts however are very high in healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Specifically raw almonds make a very tasty snack and a handful usually is enough. I toast them in the oven at 180 degC for 10-11 minutes. Make sure to time this as they burn pretty quickly if they are left in any longer than this. they are so much tastier toasted than raw and the kids fight over them coming out of the oven. Store them in an airtight container to maintain freshness once they have cooled down.

A handful of these could be mixed with some full fat greek yoghurt and a handful of seeds for a simple breakfast.