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Almond Joy

By Cathy Christensen June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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As my brother and I grow older, we are beginning to discuss some of the finer points of being our parent's children. One of these concerns, mixed nuts, were always a big thing in my household. My dad is a fanatic when it comes to cashews, and Mom can’t resist almonds and pecans. Even to this day, they always have a can of mixed nuts at home, but because they pick and choose their favorites after opening the can, the nuts usually turn into mostly peanuts. And, really, who can blame them? Why settle for a paltry peanut when you can munch on an amazing almond?

In the kitchen

More than 70% of surveyed consumers are more interested in a dish or product when it contains almonds.1 And as society becomes more health-conscious, these crunchy, nutrient-packed nuts are prized for being tasty, filling and good for the skin. They are an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, while also supplying a variety of other vitamins and protein. Almonds are commonly used in salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts,1 and, from the Bible to King Tut, they have forged a path through history, still remaining relevant and delicious.2

At Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, you can enjoy Cheese Ravioli With Almond Pesto as an entrée, and the sweet and buttery Almond Torte is a delicious dessert at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio. Continuing in the dessert vein, the Almond Tortoni Delight is offered at La Dolce Vita in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the Walnut and Almond Cake, Orange-Pomegranate Compote is the perfect meal-ender from chef Mathew Peters at The Ritz-Carlton Naples in Naples, Florida.

In the spa

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