(BPT) - As the sun starts to shine brighter and the warmer weather invites us to gather with friends and family, it’s important to continue prioritizing our health and wellness throughout the season. One way to do so? Serving good-for-you foods when spending time with loved ones. Registered dietitian Natalie Rizzo shares how she infuses wellness into her gatherings by creating a nutritious and delicious menu, so that you too can host with wellbeing in mind this summer.
One ingredient Natalie always includes in her dishes to pack a nutritious punch is almonds. In just one handful (1 ounce), almonds offer 6 grams of plant protein, 4 grams of fiber, 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat. Almonds also contain 50% of your daily intake of antioxidant vitamin E and 20% of your daily intake of magnesium. When using almonds for healthful sides and entrees, Natalie suggests:
“This summer is all about being a healthful host,” says Natalie. “When having family and friends over, I’ll be prioritizing our wellness through nutrition and the meals that I bring to the table, like my favorite No Bake Summer Berries and Almond Butter Bar.”
No Bake Summer Berries + Almond Butter Bar
Makes 16 servings (approx. 45 grams per serving)
For the Crust
1 cup dates pitted
1 cup raw unsalted almonds
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons water
For the Filling
3/4 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
For the Topping
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup blueberries
During your next summertime gathering, keep wellness in mind when hosting this season by trying Natalie’s nutritious No Bake Summer Berries + Almond Butter Bar recipe, available at almonds.com.
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