Did you know that almonds are actually nut-like seeds of a tree in the peach family from West Asia? Amazing! This little seed is full of healthy benefits as well. Almonds have a higher protein content than most nuts. In fact a quarter cup of almonds will give you more protein than a single egg. They are also high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and many other antioxidants. While high in fat, the fat is 90% monounsaturated, and the daily consumption of almonds has consistently been found to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. They've also been shown to help with diabetes, osteoporosis and many other diseases.
You can find them at your local store in all shapes and sizes. They are available whole, blanched, flaked, chopped or ground. They will stay fresh longer when purchased whole (I prefer raw, whole organic) and kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Why keep them refrigerated? They can become rancid after being exposed to the air, especially if chopped or ground.
There are so many uses for almonds from snacking to using almond milk instead of dairy milk to using almond butter in your sandwiches. Here are a few recipes to give those healthy little seeds a try. Your body will thank you for it!
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