One of my favorite diet foods is a big salad. I put lots of stuff on it and get some variety. I've never used almonds though I'm sure they would work. I like pepitas or sunflower seeds.
One of the best things to put on a salad is smoked chicken. Something about the greens really brings out the smoky flavor. Pulled pork works well too if I give it a few seconds in the microwave to melt the fat.
If you decide to go the salad route (an acquired taste, to be sure) find a good produce market if you can. I have one about 8 miles from me where there is always someone restocking the case that holds the lettuce and other salad greens. It makes a huge difference in how long the stuff holds once you get it home. And I can't recall the last time I bought head lettuce. I use a mix of romaine and red leaf which both have more nutritional value than head lettuce.
Good luck with your diet!