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5 Ways to Prepare Almonds: Cholesterol-Friendly Recipes

Recipes for Almonds: Cholesterol-Lowering Ideas

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Updated January 21, 2011

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Nuts for almonds? Almonds appear to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. They may lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, and are a great on-the-go snack. But they aren't simply for snack time -- almonds are an easy addition to many meals. From breakfast smoothies to dinner side dishes, here are 5 ways to prepare almonds.

At Breakfast: Wake up with a protein, calcium and antioxidant rich Strawberry-Almond Smoothie.

As a Party Appetizer: Rosemary Almonds are a crunchy party appetizer that will wow your guests. (Use plant stenol spread such as Benecol in place of butter in recipe)

As a Snack: Try Toasted Almonds for a portable, heart-healthy snack. If portion control is a challenge for you, count out sets of 20 whole almonds (about 1 ounce) and place in plastic sandwich bags to help you monitor how many you are having in one sitting.

At Dinner: Start your dinner with a fabulous vegetable and spice-filled Couscous Salad. It pairs well with virtually any meat, seafood, or vegetable entrée.

For Dessert: Edible flowers are the secret ingredient in this unconventional but tasty Blueberry Lavender Crisp.

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