Looking for ways to get more of the good fats into my diet and more of the bad fats out, I took to eating these Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds occasionally. They’re crispy, snappy, crunchy, chewy, and flavorful with their distinctive smoke house, salty taste. You cannot swallow them without applying significant chewing effort, and this makes them more satisfying in my opinion. By no means are they either soggy or bland. Indeed, they may be a healthier, more natural food snack than, say, potato chips. Almonds in fact, are a whole food, and thus, more naturally nutritious than more processed snacks.
Benefits, Features, Advantages, and Pros
- Definitely a delightful smoke house flavor in these almonds, that’s surely smokehouse but not overdone.
- While these almonds have 16 grams of fat and 170 calories per serving, they lack any man-made trans fats. Much of the fat in these almonds occurs naturally in nuts.
- This product comes from California, which makes it a home-grown, American-made snack food.
- This party treat contains just two grams of net carbs per serving.
- Eating this snack in moderation (1.5 ounces per day according to the can), science suggests, may reduce your chances of developing heart and other cardiovascular diseases.
- I’ve found the almonds to be pretty uniform in flavor, color, size, and texture. Blue Diamond has indeed refined the art of consistently good-tasting almond selection into a science. From them, you get medium-sized, medium-brown almonds every time that do not have the white spots that so often appear on raw almonds.
- This product keeps on the shelf for years. So if you’re building a war cellar, be sure to stock up with Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.
- You need no can opener to access the contents of this can, as it comes with a ring and pull-top lid. So you can dig in as soon as you leave the store with these nuts.
Disadvantages, Concerns, Problems, and Cons
- They add vegetable oil unfortunately, that also adds to the fat grams count. However, oils such as canola, safflower, and sunflower have little of the so-called bad fats (saturated or trans), and brim with the good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated).
- They also add corn maltodextrin, and hydrolyzed corn and soy proteins, which diminishes the whole-food image of these particular almonds. I’d prefer that these compounds be omitted.
- What the Blue Diamond Almond People call a serving of these nuts seems very small (one ounce). There are six servings per can. But I must eat a third to a half of a can to be satisfied. So it’s best not to snack on this food exclusively in a sitting. But with that said, I need far less almonds to become filled up (in terms of weight) than I would potato chips, cheese corn curls, and so on.
- Added salt is present in this product, to the tune of 150 MG of sodium per serving. As mentioned above, a serving of this snack is not very big. Indeed, by the time I eat my two or three servings for reasonable satisfaction, I get 450 MG of sodium. I dream of a smokehouse-flavored almond product that has no added salt; one that I could eat with more of a care-free attitude.
I’d recommend Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds as a mid-afternoon work break snack, as they have very small quantities of carbs. So they’ll likely minimize the effects of those pain-in-the-butt two-thirty PM blues far more than candy bars or potato chips. So the added salt and crazy chemicals notwithstanding, I’d rate this product at 80 out of 100.
Where To Buy Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
Look for Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds in the light yellow can with the red snap-off lid at your favorite bigger grocery stores and online resellers ans wholesale outlets. These make for a wonderfully delicious staple snack food.
- Almond on Wikipedia
- Blue Diamond web site
- Smoke Flavor on Wikipedia
- Where To Get Blue Diamond Almonds
- : Moved this post to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, adjusted ad placement, and tweaked the content.
- 2012-04-18: Originally published.