There’s very little we can fault almonds
for. Delicious nutty flavor, crunchy, versatile, there’s really no reason why
you shouldn’t have them regularly. Here are 5 reasons why almonds should be
included in your diet.
- Rich in monounsaturated fat - Approximately 60% of the
fat in almonds are of the monounsaturated variety, with only roughly 8% being
the saturated kind, making almonds a heart-healthy food.
- Good source of protein - For the bodybuilder
looking to get his protein fix, or for the vegan who cannot get protein from
the usual sources (E.g. fish, poultry, meat, milk, eggs), almonds are a good
source of protein. 30 grams of almonds (or 2 tablespoon of regular almond
butter) contain about 7 grams of protein. If you are looking to bump up your protein
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- High in fibre - Most of us do not get
enough fibre. Each 30g serve (about 1 handful) contains about 4 grams of
dietary fibre, which is about 15% of your daily recommended fibre intake (25-30
grams per day)Cooking/Baking - Almonds are so easy to
incorporate into our diet. Here’s a short list of examples to get you started:
Weight management - A handful of almonds when
you are feeling peckish will help satisfy cravings and prevent overeating as
the protein and fat in almonds are less easily digested, hence promoting
satiety. Each handful of almonds is only roughly 200 calories. Just remember to
opt for the dry roasted variety.
- Adding a spoonful of activated cacao and almonds into your morning oats or cereal
- Almond milk (If you’re unable to take cow’s milk for religious or personal reasons, you can make your own!)
- Almond meal flour (leftover from making almond milk) in baking for that low-carb diet or to replace panko crumbs in your homemade tonkatsu
- Stirring in a scoop (or two) of almond butter into your oats or porridge
Almond milk: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-almond-milk-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-189996
Almond meal: http://www.thekitchn.com/5-amazing-ways-to-use-almond-meal-ingredient-spotlight-190156
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