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8/1/13 3:44 P

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Dymatize Elite has a PinaColada flavored protein powder -- that is a real treat when mixed with the Almond/Coconut blend.

Another favorite is chocolate protein powder, the AC blend and a coconut roasted coffee poured over ice -- tastes like an almond joy.

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8/1/13 1:23 A

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AGGIETERR,
I totally agree with you on the Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk. A whole cup of that has only 2 grams of carbs, and one of those 2 is fiber.

I add flavoured protein powder to mine, to turn it into a low carb "milkshake".

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One more thing concerning almonds. If they come from California, which most of them do, they have to be pasteurized (heated) by law, even when they are so-called raw. Unless they are labeled organic this can be done through irradiation and usually is. Organic almonds are pasteurized with steam.
All heating of nuts probably damages the fats in them so I am considering switching to hazelnuts (filberts), walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts etc. more.
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7/31/13 8:31 P

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Blue diamonds unsweetened almond coconut milk blend is also really good.

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7/31/13 8:15 P

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I also use the almond milk in my morning protein shakes (almond milk, protein powder, fruit or sometimes spinach or a veggie in it) whiz it with the immersion blender and I'm good to go. I think it's a good nourishing way to go!

I don't use regular milk at all, so the almond milk's calcium is good, I use "pure silk" - I think it has 30 calories for 8 oz. and 45% daily calcium requirements and one or less carbs. And most important - it tastes good too!

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7/31/13 5:06 P

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I love almonds, but have trouble with portion control.

This is a little off-topic, but I started adding almond milk to my smoothies (frozen fruit, almond milk, ground flax seed). It has a lot of calcium, and only one gram of carbs (unsweetened).

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7/31/13 3:48 P

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I love Almonds. One of my favorite treats is 24 almonds mixed in a plain greek yogurt.

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James - thanks for the recipe link!

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I like all nuts... but lately I've had to limit them because (several hours later) I sometimes feel a bit queasy. I don't know - maybe I ate too many? usually I use a little portion-cup and only have about 1/4 cup. Still.

My husband loves Blue Diamond Smokehouse almonds. I can't recall the numbers off the nutrition label.
I've also bought raw and mostly de-skinned almonds in bulk and mixed up my own flavoring mixes, and then roasted them. I do that with lots of nut varieties, actually. They come out better than any seasoned nuts I could buy pre-packaged. I may be biased: most of what we eat here is "homemade" now! Even so, I feel we get a better range of flavor pairings when we can change it up with each batch.

Hope your experiment works well!
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I buy my almonds in a large package from COSTCO, which is much cheaper than any of my local grocery stores. Here is a recipe for muffins made from almond flour.

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7/31/13 11:05 A

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Like so many of you, I do have a problem with almonds and control. Raw almonds are easier to control. I think it's because the roasted ones leave a roasted nut taste in my mouth for longer. I definitely have a problem with any kind of roasted nuts and control. But boy, are they ever good!

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7/31/13 6:32 A

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I love almonds, but they don't love me...they do tend to stall me. I've even tried unsweetened almond milk and I still get stalled. BUT...plenty of others here have no problems. I do tend to stall easy so I might not be the best example. Sounds like you will have it under control and you should be just fine emoticon

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I did google and see you can get them direct from the farmer for less.

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We eat a ton of almonds (as well as other nuts), we buy raw whole almonds in bulk (10-25 lbs.) and eat at least an oz. or two with fruit and yogurt in the morning. We also make almond butter and almond flour from whole almonds in the food processor and use that for baking low-carb cakes, cookies and pancakes. The almond butter we put on apples or celery or anything else that other people have with peanut butter. Almonds are expensive, unless you can get them local in the shell and crack them yourself, but they are very nutrient dense.
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Thanks everyone.

I got them on sale 6 ozs. for $2.49, and plan to try 4 servings, which I will divide when i open the can. Macadamia nuts are fine, and I love them, but it is $8.48 for 7 ozs., a bit over my price range. My plan was to have the almonds on 4 days next week, including the weekend when I am more active physically to boost my calories.

They are Blue Diamond, no salt almonds, so they don't raise my sodium levels, and I have a ton of snack bags. I split up the macadamias when I can afford them, and had no issue with eating more than my servings.

My #1 issue is eating off plan. When I am on plan, I eat exactly what is in my tracker, because I have no other food to eat. As long as the 4.5 Net carbs don't cause a binge, I will be fine. They seem to not be a problem, except that they are very tasty...lol. I'll take that risk.

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When eating nuts, as is, as a snack, I prefer Macademia nuts. Those things are 70% fat, 12% carbs, but most of that 12% is fiber, leaving only about 4% digestible carbs.
Mmmmmmm.

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I agree with the others, almonds make a great snack, but I do have to control the portions.

I've got a great recipe for muffins made from almond flour, sweetened with stevia, and a few other ingredients. I love them with a bit of melted butter on top. Pretty low carb, certainly low compared to a regular muffin. I have to watch myself and stop with one of these too.

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I like almonds and almond butter. I eat a spoonful or two of almond butter as a between meal snack.

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I eat different types of nuts sometimes, not every day though. but I do weigh out ONE ounce of nuts and that is my daily limit because I would eat a whole lot more if they were sitting out within reach.





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I think almonds are great, I eat pecans and walnuts too. But I do have a problem eating too many! emoticon

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Russell - I always keep some natural, unsalted almonds handy in case I feel like a low blood sugar episode might occurr. I only eat about 8 of them. That way, if I need some more during the day, I can have another 8 or 10 of them. It's amazing how they keep you from getting too hungry between meals. Great to have around on long trips, too. Recently, I have decided to cut some fat in the way of dairy, so I replaced my cheddar snack with the almonds. Seems to be keeping blood sugars in check. Try it and see what happens. You can always stop eating them, if they interfere with weight.

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I have a real problem controlling how many almonds I eat. I've literally ended up making a meal of them on occasion because I've had too many to be able to justify eating anything else. I still keep them on hand because they're still better for me than a lot of other snack options but they're rather dangerous.

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Hey Russell,

The almonds don't seem to affect my weight just so long as I don't eat the whole jar! I never eat them more than once a day, the unsalted are better for you, and when I do eat them, I weigh them on a digital scale so I can keep the portion under control. I allow myself 1 oz a day as a snack, though I don't eat them every day. Almonds have many good nutrients, but all nuts are high in calories which is why portion control is important. Hope this is helpful to you.

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Russell, I don't have any problem with almonds or macadamia nuts. Macadamia nuts, about 27 of them if 4g carbs minus 2g fiber + 2g net carbs and they are delish. I also have some almond slivers...carbs 6g, minus 3g of fiber=3g net carbs for about 1/4 C. And even some little Emerald brand packages of Cinnamon Roast almonds,,,4g carbs, minus 2g fiber=2g net carbs for the whole little packet. All of which taste good, adds variety to my snacks. Cashews and peanuts are not a good option. Try the almonds and see if they do affect you...I rather doubt it.

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I am wondering how everyone feels about almonds. I am at about 30 Net carbs a day right now, and trying to add more variety ( not extra carbs ). A serving ( 1 oz ), has 3 Net carbs. It was on sale, and if I think it would cause an issue, I will just let my brother eat them. I was surprised at how little fiber was in cashews, and peanuts.

That is one reason I am considering trying them. Something crunchy, and a bit more fiber. I could have some raspberries( fiber ), or celery(crunch) also, but if almonds are okay for most of you, I will try them.

Please let me know if you eat them, and how they affected you, if at all.

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