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10 easy ways to supercharge your day with almonds

Blended, toasted or simply scattered, almonds certainly pack a punch of flavour and nutrients. Here are some suggestions on how to supercharge your breakfast, lunch or dinner with these popular nuts.

Try almonds for gluten-free baking instead of flour

Whether they're chopped, ground into flour or used for decoration, almonds are a baking all-rounder. Try them for yourself in recipes to suit any occasion from cakes, pizza crusts and biscuits, to low-carb pancakes.

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Scatter over porridge with a drizzle of honey

Top a warm bowl of porridge with whole or sliced almonds for extra protein at breakfast-time. Finish with some fresh or dried fruit and a trickle of honey or agave nectar.

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Toast some slivered almonds and sprinkle them on your salad

Baking almonds in the oven for a few minutes intensifies their flavour and turns them crispy and golden. Mingle them with sliced crunchy apples, shredded kale and rich avocado for a flavourful salad that’s perfect for lunch or as a side dish at dinner.

Grab a handful of homemade almond trail mix when you’re on the go

The story goes that trail mix was invented to give you a kick of energy and protein while hiking. But even if the furthest you’re heading is to the office, there’s no reason to miss out on this energy-dense, portable snack. Simply combine almonds with seeds and dried fruit in an airtight container and store somewhere cool and dry. We like almonds with pumpkin seeds and our Dark Choc Cranberries.

Add a few almonds to smoothies

All you need is a blender and a few spare minutes to make a delicious smoothie. For a great smoothie base, start with a frozen banana, almond milk and yoghurt then throw in almond butter or whole almonds for added nutritional goodness.

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Garnish soup with crunchy almonds

A handful of almonds adds a pleasant contrast to creamy soups. This works particularly well with rich, smooth soup bases like broccoli, cauliflower and butternut squash.

Sprinkle almonds over desserts like fruit crumble

Top cooked fruit such as apples or berries with chopped or flaked almonds mixed with oats, dates, cinnamon and butter. Pop into the oven until the crumble is bubbling hot and golden brown.

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Pour a dash of homemade almond milk into hot drinks

Soak whole almonds in water overnight and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture then keep the dairy-free almond milk in the fridge, sweetening if necessary. Enjoy with coffee or hot chocolate.

Stir in toasted almonds to liven up rice dishes

Aromatic spices, toasted almonds and cooked brown rice make a quick and easy midweek meal that will feed the whole family in minutes.

Soak almonds to make a natural face scrub

Almonds are rich in vitamin E which may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. Try this nourishing scrub to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. After soaking a handful of almonds in water for 8 hours, drain and store the paste in a container. Depending on your skin’s needs, add honey to moisturise or lemon to combat greasiness and treat blemishes. Give these delicious ideas a go to boost your diet with nutritious almonds. Our Holland & Barrett Awesome Almonds make a tasty a snack but are just as wonderful in cooking and baking recipes.

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