In a nutshell, just a single ounce of almonds (20-25 almonds) is flavor-packed, convenient, and good for you.
Here’s what’s inside:
- Vitamin E: protection from cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. (You get one-third of a day’s vitamin E from an ounce of almonds.)
- Folate: heart-health benefits, too, and it helps prevent birth defects.
- Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium: a bone-building trio. Calcium and magnesium offer protection from hypertension, too.
- Fiber: an aid for digestion, it protects against cancer, heart disease, and other health problems, too.
- Monounsaturated fats: the type of fat linked to less heart disease risk.
Bonus: Almonds are cholesterol-free!
Three simple ways to enjoy almonds:
- For a smoothie idea, blend in one tablespoon of toasted almonds for every cup of smoothie.
- For a crunchy almond butter, process whole almonds with a touch of vegetable oil, salt, and sugar until nearly smooth.
- For an easy add-in, toss slivered almonds on stir-fries, salads, and rice, or sprinkle on cereal, veggies, fish, yogurt, or ice cream.
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS