Dietitian's Top Pick: Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

Need an idea for a quick and convenient snack by the poolside or on that road trip to curb your munchies? Look no further…….these dark chocolate flavored almonds are guaranteed to hit the spot and they have a NuVal score of 63! Compare this to many other flavored nuts that score in the 20s, primarily due to added salt and sugar.

A one-ounce serving (about ¼ cup or the size of an egg or what fits into the cupped palm of a small hand) contains 150 calories. Even though Emerald’s Almonds contain 13 grams total fat per serving, 12 grams comes from healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Plus, they are low in sodium and sugar, while providing a good amount of potassium, fiber and protein.

Two food groups should generally be included for a snack for a total of around 200 calories. If you combine a serving of nuts with a medium size fresh fruit, such as an apple or peach, you have a perfect combination that has a high satiety value. That means you feel satisfied and full longer than if you ate fruit alone, which contains only carbohydrates. You’ll be nuts over these flavored almonds, I promise!

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below the Emerald Cocoa Almonds
Serving Size: 1/4 cup (28 g)
Calories: 150, Total Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 25mg, Total Carbohydrate 6g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 1g, Protein 6g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%

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