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Thursday, February 09, 2006 

Dr. Lankin's Awesome Almonds - Orange Vanilla

After working out (ok, racing) for 4 hours this past saturday, I was seriously famished, and my muscles were screaming at me. Thankfully I had thought ahead and made sure I would have some good protein around for afterward. Enter: Awesome Almonds.

These might just be the most appropriatelly named food I've ever eaten. The only problem with them is that the package only contains 1 serving, and I was hoping for at least 5 more. I know, you're thinking "of course they tasted good, he was starving", but that's clearly not the case. Be sure to read my reaction to Sensible Foods Sweet Corn, which evoked a just as strong, but negative, reaction.

Did I like them?
Oh yeah. I like almonds to begin with, but the orange vanilla sweetness puts these in a class of their own. I'm not used to my protein tasting like candy.

Good for training?
Propably better for recovery. They have the 4/1 carb/protein ratio this is perfect right after excercise, and the sugar provided me with a much-needed pick-me-up.

Manufacturer says:
Here's why they are so good... and good for you!

  • All natural ingredients: almonds, pure beet sugar, real vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa, coffee and orange juice.

  • No "partially hydrogenated" oils. No trans fat.

  • Created by a board-certified family physician interested in nutrition for over 25 years.

  • Almonds are an awesome choice for people who want a heart healthy diet and maintain their weight.

  • No added fats or artificial preservatives.

  • Our almonds are exclusively from American orchards.

Try them now: Awesome Almonds

The is probably one of the best candy alternatives out there. Give me a choice between a Snickers and Awesome Almonds and I would probably choose these 9 times out of 10. Of course these had an in to begin with as I am a big fan of most nuts and, especially, almonds. The addition of the orange vanilla, though, flavor makes this just about the best snack or treat foods out there. Of course Awesome Almonds are very addicting so it is impossible to keep them around the house very long with my family of 6. Plus, it would be easy to suck down a few too many calories just munching away.

5 out of 5 stars in the snack food and treat categories.
Flavored almonds can be a health disaster and a sure-fire diet buster, but these cardiologist-developed almonds are suitable for both the health "nut" and the dieter alike. The ingredients are all natural--the vanilla orange flavor includes almonds, beet sugar, water, orange juice, pure vanilla extract, orange extract, and natural vitamin E--and there's no added oils or salt. A one ounce serving contains 170 calories, 11 grams of fat (1 saturated), 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and, for a 2,000 calorie diet, provides daily values of 6% calcium, 25% vitamin E, 4% iron, and 15% magnesium. Pretty "awesome" for such a tasty treat.

For you dieters, almonds and other nuts can help promote weight loss if eaten in moderation. These flavored almonds can help satisfy a craving for something sweet and crunchy for far fewer calories than candies or cookies, as long as you watch the portions. The almonds are packaged in both 4 oz cones and 2 oz pouches, and it is ridiculously easy to plow through either one. Remember that nuts are nutrient- and calorie-dense, and a few will go a long way in quelling hunger pangs. Pace yourself and savor each nut--a serving size is a mere one ounce, so if you're in the mood for some "mindless munching," you'd be better off grabbing a snack from Sensible Foods.
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