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Guilt-free snacking – go nuts

As we enter the third month of lockdown, many of us have ‘lockdown love handles’ caused, no doubt, by sofa snacking. But there is a way to satisfy a savoury tooth and also stay healthy as we head back to work.

Nuts are a fantastic source of protein and suitable for every meal. Add to muesli and protein-rich yoghurt for breakfast; bag up cashews to snack on during your commute; and, personally, walnuts add a ‘meaty’ taste to stir fries and salads. Check out this recipe for a 10 minute raw vegan taco.

Walnuts also work with sweet recipes, too, and are a great topping for cupcakes (pictured).

You don’t need to go to a specialist health food shop, simply shop at your sensational supermarkets. Aldi have big bags that you can decant into Kilner jars and use for months.

From Cashews Nuts (£1.59, 200g), Walnut Halves (£1.99, 200g), Pine Nuts (£1.29, 60g) and Californian Roasted Pistachios (£1.89, 200g) to Brazil Nuts (£1.85, 200g), Whole Hazelnuts (£1.35, 200g) and Almonds (£1.49, 200g), there’s lots to choose from, If you can’t decide, grab yourself a bag of Mixed Nuts (200g) for £1.59 and stash it in your handbag for on-to-go goodness.

Get your five-a-day with Dried Mango (£1.25, 100g), Dried Cranberries (£1.19, 150g), Raisin & Cranberry Mix (£1.19, 300g), Fruit & Nut Mix (£1.59, 250g) or the Tropical Trail Mix (£1.25, 300g), which are also ideal for breakfast. Sneak them into your kids’ cereal for a vitamin C boost as they return to school.

Or ‘Seeds’ the day with Aldi’s selection: choose from Pumpkin Seeds (£1.29, 250g), Sunflower Seed (£1.29, 250g), Seed Mix (£1.29, 250g) and Whole Black Chia Seeds (£1.25, 200g). As 100% natural superfoods, they are a great source of protein and fibre in your diet. Sprinkle over morning oats or enjoy with fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt, for a vibrant açaí bowl.

Fact file

  • Aldi is the UK’s lowest priced supermarket. Research released by Which? showed that Aldi is 19% cheaper, on average, than the Big Four supermarkets. It tracked the price of more than a hundred items at the UK’s eight biggest supermarkets throughout March 2020.
  • Aldi has a five-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust – its fundraising target of £5m will go towards helping the trust to reach out to every young person with cancer in the UK.
  • Aldi’s rates of pay are significantly higher than the Government’s National Living Wage and also above the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rates. Store Assistants receive a minimum hourly rate of £9.40 nationally and £10.90 in London.
  • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ensures every member of the team has access to fresh healthy Aldi food via monthly shopping vouchers, and that 1.2 million 5-14 year olds will learn about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food via its Get Set to Eat Fresh education initiative. Aldi has been a partner since 2015 and has extended its commitment to the 2024 Olympic games in Paris.
  • In June 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, Aldi was ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, underlining its commitment to maintaining fair, predictable and sustainable prices within its supply chain.

Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards

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