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Almonds! Almonds! National Almond Day!

February 15th, 2014 / cat / 0 comments

ALMONDS ALWAYS COME THRU!!

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 flour.to 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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