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Almonds! Almonds! National Almond Day!

February 15th, 2014 / cat / 0 comments


Feb 16 is the officially designated National Almond Day, which makes lots of sense considering the month is all about matters of the heart and almonds are uber heart-healthy.

Here are some tips and things to know about lovely, crunchy, healthy almonds!

  • Craving crunchy? Almonds have the most crunch of any tree nut.
  • Put a handful of almonds in your morning smoothie for maximum protein that will hold you over!
  • Almonds are one of the best sources of the antioxidant vitamin E — one ounce of almonds gives you more than a third of your daily value.
  • Toast almonds to make the most of their nutty flavor. Just put almonds in a dry skillet over a medium-high heat and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes, until they are golden and fragrant.
  • Whole natural almonds will keep well for up to two years in the fridge. Their long storage life is due in part to vitamin E which helps keep them fresh.
  • Ancient Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm.
  • Always have a bag full in the car for healty immediate travel food!! Stash a handful of almonds in your honey’s gym bag or brief case, no more meeting bagels!!!
  • Use ground almonds as the “breading” on any meat or veggie- add to pancake batter or sprinkle on toast!!
  • Spread almond butter on a half a whole grain bagel instead of cream cheese, or on your morning toast instead of butter.
  • Almonds have the most protein and fiber of any tree nut which makes them especially satisfying.
  • Coarsely grind almonds in a food processor to make “crumbs.”
  • Perfect for Cookie dough! In India, almonds are considered a prized “brainfood” for children.
  • Almonds have the same protective flavanoid activity, serving per serving, as broccoli and green tea.
  • Almonds come in a wide variety of forms, making them super versatile: whole natural, slivered, sliced, blanched, almond meal and name few.
  • Almonds bring out the nutty flavor of whole grains. Put them in grain pilafs, whole grain pasta dishes and your morning cereal.
  • Almond flour is a delicious and versatile option for gluten-free baking.
  • Almonds are rich in essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron.
  • Sprinkle almonds into your salad for crunch and protein plus!!
  • The main fat in almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

LOVE almonds! Almonds love you!


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