You know the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I think almonds are the new apple.
I really can’t think of anything bad to say about almonds (well, one of my family members is allergic to them, so that’s a big negative!). But look at all of the health benefits:
- High in protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat (the healthy fat that is good for your heart) so you’ll feel fuller longer
- Contain essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6)
- Contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron
- One ounce of almonds contains 35% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals in your body.
- Are low in saturated fat and have no cholesterol, so they are good for your heart.
- Are low on the glycemic index, which means your blood sugar won’t spike up after eating them. They can even help to lower blood sugar if eaten after a high glycemic meal.
- Contain phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that may help in the protection of heart disease and stroke
- Contains B-17 which has been studied to help cure cancer
You can stash some in your bag for an afternoon snack, use almond milk in smoothies, spread some almond butter on a rice cake (an easy breakfast) or green apple slices…so many possibilities! Almond butter comes in smooth, crunchy, no salt and organic. Find the combination that tastes best for you.
Do you have any recipes with almonds or almond butter? I’d love to hear them!