Almonds are a tree nut packed with protein, heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Nuts are an extremely nutritious snack.
If we break it down, a nut (similar to a seed) is made to be planted to grow into a new plant. The nut is packed with the essential fuel and nutrients to GROW a whole new plant. Our bodies can break down and harvest these amazing nutrients to nourish our bodies, keeping our cells and tissues healthy.
If that's not reason enough, here are 3 reasons to add almonds as snack.
1. Almonds are packed with nutrition
1 serving of almonds = 1 ounce, or 28 grams. 1 serving of almonds gives you 6 grams protein (almost as much as 1 oz of meat!), 3.5 gram fiber, 37% recommended daily intake (RDI) vitamin E, 32% RDI manganese, and 20% RDI of magnesium.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and helps neutralize free radicals from damaging your healthy cells. This helps protect your whole body. From your skin to your brain cells!
Manganese is a trace mineral, meaning it is only found in very small concentrations in our body. Because our body needs so little of it, this mineral doesn’t get a lot of attention. However, it has a big job. Manganese helps form connective tissues, bone, and hormones.
Magnesium is an important electrolyte. It helps keep us hydrated, optimizes cellular messaging in our body, and supports many enzyme reactions in our body. Magnesium is also thought to be an “anti-stress” nutrient, and some people supplement with magnesium carbonate to help reduce their stress levels.
2. Almonds help manage your hunger
Almonds are beautifully balanced with protein, fat and fiber to help fill our bellies and digest slowly, so that we aren’t looking for another snack 20 minutes later. This makes almonds the perfect snack for any busy work day, or restful day at home. In fact, a systematic review of 18 randomized control trials found that eating over 60 grams of almonds per day (a little over 2 servings) showed a beneficial decrease in inflammation in adults.
3. Heart and blood-sugar friendly
Using almonds as a snack, or as an ingredient in one of your main meals can help contribute to lowering your risk for heart disease and diabetes. The unique combination of heart-healthy fats, fiber and vitamin and minerals help improve blood flow, prevent harmful buildup of plaque in your arteries, and prevent insulin resistance.