Craving A Healthy Snack? Here’s The Skinny Dipped Almonds Review
Who doesn’t love an almond roasted to perfection before being dipped in a thin layer of good-quality dark chocolate and then dusted with cocoa, espresso, or raspberry flavors? If you’re searching for a review of a better-for-you, heavenly snack, you’ve come to the right place! Our Skinny Dipped Almonds review covers everything there is to know about the popular snack – from flavors to nutritional information to how it all began…
It is said that family and business shouldn’t mix. Apparently, not always. Skinny Dipped Almonds was founded by Val Griffith and her daughter, Breezy Griffith with the precise intention to spend more time with family while creating a super delicious, healthful snack for everyone to enjoy. It took them two years to get their skinny dipped almonds “just the way they imagined they could be when they first conjured up the idea of a whole, better for you, outrageously delicious snack”, according to the Our Story page on their website.
Their vision was a resounding success. Skinny dipped almonds are sold in over 1700 locations, online and in-store. Amazon, Target, Vitacost, and the Skinny Dipped website are just some of the places where you can purchase the delicious snack.
A quick search through the Skinny Dipped website reflected a fun-loving vibe and personality. The company’s founders are pictured in the Our Story page, but you’ll see a childhood image of the current CEO and an adorable image of the co-founders, Lizzy and Chris, as little girls. Not your typical formal images of a company’s CEO and founders. The final image captioned ‘and here we are today’ pictures Val, Breezy, Chris, and Lizzy as one happy Skinny Dipped family, all grown up.
Skinny Dipped Almonds Review
You know the sensation when you walk into a candy store that sells assorted chocolate covered nuts and candies and other treats, and then you try the chocolate-coated almond thinking that you’ll get to taste an almond coated in dark chocolate, but instead, you find yourself biting into sweet chocolate, and more chocolate until eventually, your teeth hit something crunchy – was that an almond? Instead of chocolate that happens to have a nut ensconced inside, Skinny Dipped Almonds offers perfectly roasted almonds coated in a thin layer of chocolate, just enough to turn it into a heavenly, but healthful snack.
But that’s not all. You don’t just get a roasted almond skinny-dipped in ethically sourced artisan chocolate, you get to choose between an assortment of skinny dipped almond flavors, such as raspberry, espresso, chocolate cocoa, and other yummy flavors. The almonds are lightly salted satisfying the taste buds with a unique bittersweet, salty flavor.
Skinny dipped almonds received dozens of five-star customer reviews. Unless you don’t like chocolate or almonds, it’s hard not to like the snack. Several buyers did complain that the skinny dipped almonds were melted when they arrived at their door. It’s probably a good idea to buy the snack in store during the summer or if you live in a humid climate – you can expect anything with chocolate delivered in the heat to melt by the time it arrives at your door.
Other buyers stated that the snack is delicious, but just too pricey to afford to buy again. Selling for approximately $7 dollars for a 3.5 oz pack of almonds, I can agree that these are not exactly the cheapest snack you’ll find in a food store. I guess it’s just one of the realities of life – quality, healthful food is more expensive than processed foods.
If the price is an issue, you can always create your own skinny dipped almonds at home! Simply melt a bar of good quality, dark chocolate, dip almonds in the chocolate, and line on baking paper to dry for 40 minutes to an hour.
Having said all that, it is worth mentioning that skinny-dipped means just that – skinny-dipped. If you’re looking to satisfy your chocolate cravings, these almonds covered with a thin layer of chocolate might not do it. They are an indulgent healthy snack, but not a dessert by everyone’s standards.
Top 6 Health Benefits Of Almonds Explained
1. Aid Weight Loss
There’s no arguing that nuts are a filling snack. Healthful, satiating foods keep you full for longer. The protein, fiber, and fat content in almonds make them satisfy your hunger and reduce the urge to overeat. But that’s not all… evidence suggests that nuts may boost metabolism, and your body does not absorb 10-15% of the calories in nuts. Of course, as with any food, overdoing it is not a good idea. Nuts can be addictive, especially when they’re coated with even more addictive chocolate! They’re certainly a healthier snack than processed and sugar-laden foods, which a 2018 study shows are a leading cause of obesity , but they should still be consumed in moderation.
The vitamin E in almonds is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and eliminates disease-causing free radical activity in the body. Antioxidants protect the body from disease, inflammation, and aging. The antioxidants are concentrated in the brown layer of the skin, so the blanched almonds are not the ideal choice if you want the full nutritional benefits of the almonds.
3. Regulate Blood Sugar
Almonds are low in carbs but high in healthy fats, proteins, and fiber, making them a good choice for people with diabetes. They are also loaded with magnesium which regulates blood sugar levels and reduces sugar cravings.
4. Boost Brain Health
Almonds contain vitamin E, folate, l-carnitine, and unsaturated fatty acids that support brain health and may improve memory function.
5. Improve Heart Health
Almonds may lower LDL cholesterol helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a recent study and review of relevant research.
6. Benefit Bone Health
Almonds contain the mineral phosphorus which strengthens teeth and bones and prevents osteoporosis.
Top 5 Health Benefits Of Chocolate Explained
I love sharing the health benefits of chocolate! My chocolate addiction has led me to search for every justification I could possibly find for why it is a good idea to eat chocolate! Just because something tastes so good, doesn’t mean it’s bad for you…
Just like the almonds, chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants that prevent all types of diseases and free radical damage.
A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70–85% cocoa content contains:
- 11 grams of fiber
- 67% of the RDI for iron
- 58% of the RDI for magnesium
- 89% of the RDI for copper
- 98% of the RDI for manganese
Chocolate can do so many amazing things for you! Below are just some of them…
Not only does chocolate benefit your health, but it also benefits your appearance and may counteract skin aging. The flavanols in dark chocolate improve blood flow to the skin and protect skin against sun damage, which is known to cause premature aging. (Of course, eating chocolate doesn’t give us a license to throw out our sunscreen – we shouldn’t rely on chocolate alone to protect our skin from dangerous UV rays.)
2. Benefits Heart Health
The flavanols in chocolate increase blood flow to the heart, improving heart circulation and overall heart health.
3. Boost Brain Health
One of the most touted health benefits of cocoa is its ability to improve brain health. According to some studies, consuming dark chocolate may prevent or delay cognitive decline. The flavonoid content in dark chocolate was shown to improve cognitive performance, especially in the elderly, according to research.
4. Aid Weight Loss
This might sound a little contradictory. We all know that chocolate isn’t exactly the lowest calorie food around, so why would you eat chocolate if you’re trying to lose weight? Well, it seems that indulging in a piece of good quality dark chocolate before a meal can satisfy you even before you start eating, making you eat less during the meal. As for after the meal, instead of reaching out for seconds, a slab of chocolate for dessert can keep you fully satiated.
5. Improve Mood
Our bodies are psychosomatic, meaning that our emotional wellbeing directly impacts our physical wellbeing. If you’ve ever felt the onset of a headache or stomach cramps when feeling stressed or anxious, or the drain of energy when feeling down, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Fortunately, we can always turn to chocolate in those dire moments to lift our spirits and improve our health. Chocolate releases endorphins in your body which are the feel-good hormones that make you feel better emotionally and physically.
Skinny Dipped Almonds Flavor Breakdown: Dark Chocolate Cocoa, Raspberry, Espresso
Chocolate covered almonds are not a new invention; however, Skinny Dipped Almonds is blazing its own trail when it comes to chocolate covered nuts. First of all, the food brand focuses on the nut as much as the chocolate, and second, its chocolate covered nuts aren’t limited to a chocolate flavor. Skinny dipped almonds are dusted with organic finishes in a variety of flavors, such as raspberry, espresso, dark chocolate peanut butter, dark chocolate peppermint, and Greek yogurt pumpkin spice.
If I had to choose a favorite, it would definitely be the Espresso. Coated in a thin layer of chocolate and dusted with espresso, it’s hard to stop at the recommended portion of 15 espresso almonds. So addictive!
The dark chocolate comes next, because there’s nothing like some good ol’ dark chocolate, especially when it is ethically sourced artisan chocolate that is dusted with organic finishes. If you are in the mood for a familiar flavor, the dark chocolate wins.
Of course, the dark chocolate peanut butter also has a well-deserved place near the top of the list. Dark chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect combo. Following in the tradition of other popular chocolate peanut butter treats like Reece’s peanut butter cups, these nuts are super tasty minus the high sugar content and calories.
The Greek yogurt pumpkin spice might be the most unique flavor yet, perfect for those of you out there who aren’t fans of chocolate (is there such a thing as not liking chocolate?) or want to try something new and different.
What I like about skinny dipped almonds is that you can actually enjoy the nut; it doesn’t get lost in all the chocolate and sugar. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean that you are missing out on all the good stuff. It is heartening to see food brands manufacturing ethically sourced, organic snacks that are just as indulgent, if not more, than processed, sugar-laden treats.
If you’re like me, you regret every time you fall to the temptation of eating junk food. Junk food is good, but only while you’re eating it. It doesn’t make you feel good after you’re done eating all that sugar and carbs. Skinny dipped almonds are less sweet than the average chocolate covered nut available in candy stores, but you will notice that you feel a lot better after eating skinny dipped almonds compared to a processed, sugar-laden snack. Perfect for anyone trying to adopt a healthy diet, and for the health nuts out there.