Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all nuts. Not only are they a tasty and crunchy snack but they also have numerous benefits for the body.
If you feel like snacking on nuts, you can’t go wrong with almonds.
Two ounces, or about 24 almonds, give you more than 50 percent of your daily requirement of magnesium, a mineral that’s important for the health of your heart.
Here are a few of the benefits of almonds:
• Almonds are good for building muscle & fighting food cravings
• Fight obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, cancer
• A good source of vitamin E, fiber, and monounsaturated fat, all hearthealthy nutrients.
• According to a recent study, eating almonds may also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
• Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nuts – which means you get the maximum amount of nutrients out of the calories you consume.
To enjoy the health benefits of almonds, it is best to eat them with their skins intact.
For a quick popcorn alternative, spray a handful of almonds with nonstick cooking spray and bake them at 400 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes or toast them on low-medium in a skillet on the stovetop with a little butter for the same amount of time (stir frequently to keep from burning). Take them out of the oven and sprinkle them with either a brown sugar (or honey) and cinnamon mix or cayenne pepper and thyme.
Did you know?
Eating 2 ounces of almonds (about 24 of them) can suppress your appetite, especially if you wash them down with 8 ounces of water. Try doing this 30 minutes before your evening meal.
Ways to increase consumption of almonds
• Almonds and apple slices make a simple, yummy power snack.
• Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with sliced almonds.
• Add a few to your favorite salad
Mahalo to Rod Newbound for permission to print this tip.