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Fellow foodie Maura Badji. Read more of her musings on other subjects.

My friend Velma, a school nurse, always packs healthy snacks for work, family, and social outings.  Carrot sticks and hummus, celery and low-fat cheese.  I admire that in a school nurse. 

When I remember to pack a snack, I tend to pack carrot sticks & dark chocolate,  pears & brie,  Pringles & yogurt.  It's all about balance, I say when she laughs at me. 

Lately, I've been trying to follow in her healthy footsteps and snack on more globally healthful foods.  In June we took our two sons to see the UniverSoul circus, where all the snacks for sale promised immediate cardiac events, which did not stop 90% of the audience from chowing down on funnel cakes bigger than their heads. 

Right in the middle of a death-defying yet hilarious stunt, performed by what looked like the host of Sprockets and a young Mr T, Velma passed me a can of raw almonds. 

Raw.  Unsalted.  Almonds.  At the circus.  Festive as gluten-free cookies at Christmas. (My apologies to the celiac sufferers.)

Undaunted,  I reached in my bag and pulled out a plastic pouch of Awesome Almonds' Cocoa Espresso almonds.  Heart-healthy nuts, rich cocoa and a little kick of caffeine in one bite.  Who would have thought to put these three taste treats together yet still keep the calories down?  A doctor, as it turns out.     

Dr. Ken Lankin developed Awesome Almonds seven years ago as a healthy treat for his patients who were following low-carb, but sometimes unexciting diets. 

Artisanally crafted in small batches,  Awesome Almonds are heat-sealed right from the roasting kettle for maximum flavor and aroma.  At 170 calories per 1 ounce serving, this snack has no cholesterol, sodium, or transfat; Awesome Almonds are naturally preserved with Vitamin E. 

Also available in orange vanilla, and cinnamon vanilla, this certified Kosher and Vegan snack is portable, tasty, and yes Velma, healthy.   

Awesome Almonds can be purchased at, as well as fine food and healthfood stores

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UniverSoul rocks! Great article and I'd try this product for sure. Do they have samples?

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