Almond Macaroon

Almonds are a great source of magnesium and calcium, two minerals that have shown strong links to having a good night sleep. Calcium is essential in the conversion of melatonin from the amino acid tryptophan in the brain, melatonin being a key sleep-inducing hormone. Research has also shown that during deep states of sleep the levels of calcium in our bodies is at a much higher concentration. A number of studies have also shown that a diet high in magnesium is associated with a deeper, undisturbed sleep, and further to this, insomnia and poor sleep are both symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

There’s lots of factors that play a role in a good night sleep, having a bedtime routine with ‘wind down’ time or avoiding LED/white lights around an hour before bed both promote melatonin production. But one thing is for sure, that good-quality sleep is a strong factor linked to weight loss and weight maintenance, as it’s the key time for your body to restore itself. So we’ve whipped up this tasty treat, packed with the goodness of almonds to set you up with the tools for the best night sleep.


Makes 14

Ingredients

¼ cup honey

2 egg whites

½ cup almond meal

1/3 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped

1½ cups shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Prep & make mixture. In a large bowl, whisk together honey and egg whites for about 30 seconds, until combined. Add almonds, coconut and vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. Make macaroons. Using a tablespoon measure and clean, damp hands roll mixture into balls, then flatten slightly into a cookie shape. Place on a lined oven tray and bake for about 12 minutes, until the base of the macaroon is golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Nutritional Info (per serve)

Energy (kJ): 542
 Energy (Cal): 130
 Carbohydrate (g): 6.8
 Protein (g): 2.6
 Fat (g): 10.1
 Saturated Fat (g): 6.0
 Sugars (g): 5.9

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Emma ‘Edamame’

Our in-house nutritionist Emma ‘Edamame’ was born and bred in mid Canterbury and has the health and wellbeing of Kiwis in mind at all times. As an NZ registered nutritionist (NZ Nutrition Society) with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Auckland, she makes sure we’re all getting our fresh dose of local veggies and our meals are full of nutritious substance – thanks for having our back Em (and our waistlines!). When it comes to New Zealand produce, Emma is a whizz, with fresh berries being her absolute fave. Intrigued to know what food this nutritionist couldn’t live without? Fresh fish and seafood, delivering on both flavour and nourishment. As well as ice cream, especially real fruit ice creams, in the summer time! Life’s all about a tasty balance, right?

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