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August 27, 2014

A Day of Healthy, Honey Roasted Almond Recipes

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions are my own!

I thought it would be interesting to take a whole different spin on What I Ate Wednesday this week.

Over the course of the summer, I have been partnering with my friends at Blue Diamond to create new recipes. This month focused on their new Honey Roasted line using Honey Roasted Vanilla and Honey Roasted Chipotle almond flavors.

Let me just preface the recipes by mentioning I could have easily consumed all of the almonds on their own, straight from the jar. In fact, I had to pry one of them away from my husband before he ate too many!

Both flavors came already delicious and rich in flavor, but just for fun I wanted to test them out on a day’s worth of new recipes.

A Day of Recipes Honey Roasted Almonds

Here is a breakdown of what yesterday’s eats looked like!

>> for breakfast: Honey Roasted Vanilla Granola

honey roasted vanilla almond granola

Meant to enjoy on it’s own, topped in fresh fruit, and/or drizzled with milk to make granola cereal.

Ingredients

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup sliced honey roasted vanilla almonds

1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup honey (or agave nectar)

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

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servings: 16 1/2 cup servings

prep + cook time: 35 minutes

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place almonds in a food processor (or blender) and process until finely ground. Add honey, vanilla, and process until mixture is smooth to pour.

3. Place oats in a large mixing bowl. Add sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. Pour in almond mixture.

4. Add canola oil and mix well.

5. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes.

vanilla honey almond granola

>> for lunch: Berry Almond Chicken Salad

berry and honey roasted almond salad

A sweet and fruity spin on the regular chicken salad.

Ingredients

organic romaine lettuce

diced chicken

strawberries

blueberries

sliced honey roasted vanilla almonds

diced red onions

blue cheese crumbles

balsamic vinegar and oil for dressing

chicken and berry honey roasted almond salad

>> for a snack: Veggie Almond Snack Plate

healthy almond snack

A nutritious snack for after school, work, or while you are preparing dinner.

Ingredients

sliced red peppers

sliced green peppers

baby carrots

honey roasted chipotle almonds

hummus

blue diamond almond snack

>> for dinner: Honey Roasted Almond Chicken Fingers (via Eating Well)

honey almond crusted chicken

The healthy alternative to fried chicken! I absolutely loved these.

Ingredients

I altered their ingredient amounts to make more servings.

canola oil cooking spray

3/4 cup sliced honey roasted chipotle almonds

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp. paprika

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. yellow mustard powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

3/4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

6 egg whites

1.5 lbs. chicken tenders

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servings: 4-6

prep + cook time: 40 minutes

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.

2. Place almonds, flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt, and pepper in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the paprika is mixed throughout, about 1 minute. (I used a blender.) With the motor running (if using a processor), drizzle in oil; process until combined. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

3. Whisk egg whites in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders and turn to coat. Transfer each tender to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture.) Place the tenders on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray. Turn and spray the other side.

4. Bake the chicken until is golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

honey roasted chipotle almond breaded chicken tenders

After sneaking one in while peeking to make sure they were done, I grabbed two more and completed my dinner plate with a couple of servings of colorful veggies.

honey roasted almond chicken tenders

Hope you enjoy!

Question of the Day

• What is one of your favorite ways to eat or cook with almonds?

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• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

August 20, 2014

WIAW #62: All the Colors

Hello, hello! How’s your Hump Day going?

Hopefully yours is a little more sunnier and warmer than ours.

rainy afternoon in michigan 2

I’m not complaining though. When I was flying home from CA on Sunday my phone informed me that it was 108 degrees in Phoenix during my layover. Yowza! I guess the grass is always greener until you get there, right?

Anyways, if you are new around here (welcome!), Wednesdays are usually filled with a lot of  pictures of food.

I choose to participate in What I Ate Wednesdays to hopefully inspire you to try something new and add a little more color to your plates. Jenn started the link up lightyears ago and it continues to spread across the healthy living blog world like wildfire!

Almost every week, I take snapshots of my Tuesday eats from the time I awake to the time I turn in for bed and share them with you on Wednesday.

I continue to receive great feedback, so as long as you all still enjoy reading them, I will keep the WIAW party going! Let’s get to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast came later than usual, since I seem to have been bitten by the sleepy bug.

I really can’t get enough of it lately, so I’m slowly trying to trick my body into waking up earlier by going to bed earlier. I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

oatmeal breakfast with goji berries

(Nature’s Path flax oatmeal and coffee with almond milk and Stevia.) 

Trying something new, I threw a handful of goji and blueberries on top.

oatmeal breakfast with berries

Love them!

I worked on the computer for the rest of the morning and didn’t even realize it was lunch time until about 2 p.m. Ready for something substantial, I went to the refrigerator and put together a loaded turkey and veggie wrap.

turkey and veggie wrap for lunch

A whole wheat tortilla filled with spinach, tomatoes, pickles, cilantro, diced Havarti dill cheese and Cajun seasoned turkey meat.

I often buy spiced deli meat and cheese to replace the need for a dressing or mayonnaise. You should try it!

healthy lunch with turkey wrap

(Wrapped up and sided with strawberries.)

About an hour later, I wanted a snack and grabbed one of my standards.

Raspberry Greek yogurt healthy snack

Raspberry Chobani Greek yogurt topped in Bear Naked Fit granola.

I powered through a ton of emails and projects on the computer for the remainder of the day and finally shut down around 7 p.m. I had big plans of taking Roadie out for a run outside, but the weather had other ones.

I guess you could say he was okay with it.

Roadie making himself at home on pillows

You’d think I put those on the floor just for him or something. I didn’t.

He just claimed them as I was making the bed that morning and I didn’t have the heart to move ‘em.

roadie on pillows

I really can’t handle that mug sometimes.

Knowing I still wanted to get a workout in, I went down to the basement and turned to an old at-home HIIT workout to break a sweat.

30 Min. At-Home HIIT Workout

(See the full workout with video demonstrations!)

at home HIIT workout with Polar

Just as annoying/awesome as I remember.

Directly after a shower, I went right to the refrigerator again and put together the definition of a monster salad for dinner.

monster salad for dinner with corn and beans

Anything and everything, get in my belly.

quinoa burger and beans on salad

Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green peppers, chick peas, navy beans, and corn, topped in a Qrunch quinoa burger, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and grounded black pepper.

The combination with the beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and greens was quite good! I rounded off my hunger with a couple of small handfuls of Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins dipped in hummus (predictable)…

wheat thins and hummus

And finished off the night with a serving of SmartPop with a tall glass of unsweetened almond milk for dessert.

popcorn and almond milk.jpg

Scott thinks that combination is weird, but I love it.

I guess that’s it for now! I’m planning on putting a couple of reader requested posts together and hope to roll one out later this afternoon.

See ya then!

Question of the Day

• What is one strange but good food combo you have enjoyed lately?

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• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

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