Almonds – Let’s get NUTS about getting healthy!
Posted by ChaosAndSilence
Today we are going to talk about Almonds!
I absolutely love almonds. I love them raw, smoked, in “granola” bars, ground to put in cookies, etc etc.
Almonds are one of the nuts you will always find in my snack mixes.
Did you know that almonds are *gasp* healthy for you?
* According to the Loma Linda School of Public Health, people who consume nuts at least 5 times a week have approximately a 50% reduction in their risk of having a heart attack.
* The flavonoids found in the skin of almonds work together with the vitamin E in almonds to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
*The phosphorus found in almonds helps to maintain strong bones & teeth.
Did you know that almonds are good for weightloss?
Even though nuts are considered to be high in fat(it is considered a “healthy” fat), it has been found that those whom consume nuts frequently are on average thinner than those who almost never consume nuts.
It has been found that people who consume nuts a minimum of twice per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than those who rarely or never consume them.
* Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Almond Nutrition Facts:
* One ounce (approximately 20-25 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and protein.
* Almonds are full of minerals : magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, iron, and also B vitamins.
* Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat, almonds are also cholesterol-free.
* 20-25 almonds (1 ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk
about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli
How to Properly Store Your Almonds:
I have always kept mine in the baggie from the bulk store, up on a shelf. BIG MISTAKE!
I recently learned that you should keep your almonds in the fridge in an air tight container. Doing this helps the almonds from going rancid. Keeping them in the fridge, they will last up to 2 years! If you want them to last even longer, simply place them in an airtight container in your freezer, where they should last up to 4 years!
This means you can buy in bulk to save money and be able to keep them fresh until you use them all up!
How to eat almonds…wait..what? There’s a wrong way?!
I also recently learned from my sister in law ( Carin Day Fitness ) that I should not just be pulling an almond out of the bag and eating it . Almonds are actually hard to digest and may cause upset to your pancreas.
To ease with digestion and get the most health benefits from an almond, it is best to soak them in water overnight (use 2 cups of water for every 1/2 cup of almonds). Then drain them and store in the fridge.
Please note that after soaking them, they will only last for about a week!!
So only soak what you plan on using up right away!
* I have read recommendations of using a glass or BPA-free bowl as well as purified water for this soaking process. Another variation suggests soaking them in salt water.
** Be sure to fully dry your nuts or they could become moldy. One page suggests using your oven at 150 degrees and another page suggests using a dehydrator at 100 degrees. I suggest that you research this and choose your own method based on your resources. I will be combining paper towel and air drying for mine!
** If you are looking for a healthier oil for cooking try almond oil as it is great for cooking at high temperatures.
If you are looking to include almonds in your diet, please check out NUTS.COM they have a variety of almonds and almond products at great prices !
Have a great day! Now go get NUTS about your healthy snacks!
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