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Pineapple Almond Shake

The almonds in this invigorating shake make it a terrific source of protein, and blanching your own almonds is a great kitchen activity for children.

Food as Medicine
Almonds, like walnuts, cashews and many other nuts, contain healthy monounsaturated fats that, eaten in moderation, can lower the risk of heart disease, including heart attack. Studies have found that those who consume more than five ounces of nuts per week had one third fewer heart attacks than those who rarely or never ate nuts. Additionally, just one-quarter cup of almonds – the amount in this recipe – contains 45 percent of the Daily Value for both vitamin E and manganese.


1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup roughly chopped fresh pineapple
1/2 cup ice, crushed or cubes
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 cup rice milk or soy milk
1/2 cup pineapple juice


Grind the almonds in a blender to a fine powder.

Add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour into 3 large drinking glasses.
(If you want to make more, repeat the recipes. Most blenders will accommodate only enough for 3.)

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Serves 3

Per Serving:

Calories 96.7
Fat 5.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g (45.5% of Calories from Fat)
Protein 2.5 g
Carbohydrate 11.6 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fiber 1.3 g

This recipe is from The Healthy Kitchen – Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit (Hardcover) by Andrew Weil, M.D. and Rosie Daley (Knopf)


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