Emerald has taken their all-too-delicious roasted almonds and sprinkled cocoa powder on them. The combination tastes ab fab but the dynamic duo is a nutritional powerhouse.
Almonds are known for their heart-health and many other health benefits and cocoa has been shown to be high in flavanols—a type of beneficial antioxidants. Research shows that cocoa provides cardiovascular benefits by reducing blood pressure and increasing insulin sensitivity.
With a generous serving size of about 23-26 almonds (1 oz), the nuts contain 150 calories, 13g fat (1g sat fat), 6g carbohydrate and 6g protein. Because almonds are rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats, protein, calcium and vitamin E, they’re a nutrient-packed snack.
You can find this “chocolaty goodness” in a 38-oz container at your local Sam’s Club, in an 11oz canister at your local grocery store and even in 100-calorie packs for on-the-go! I usually grab a 100-calorie pack with a 2% string cheese or piece of fruit for an easy afternoon snack!
This post is from Christina Strudwick, RD, LD, a dietitian who resides in the Dallas area. Christina has a passion for nutrition with an emphasis on sports nutrition. She’ll graduate with her master’s degree in Exercise & Sports Nutrition this spring and looks forward to preparing for the CSSD exam. In her free time, Christina enjoys running outside with her dog, Crossfit, drinking green tea, and cheering on the Dallas Stars & TCU football!