You will always find almonds at my house – they are a staple! Besides the amazing health benefits, I eat them before I go out to dinner to help with unwanted weight gains! Just a handful gives me a satisfied feeling, which helps cut down on making unhealthy choices when pondering over the menu. But it gets better – Almonds lessen after-meal surges in blood sugar! Eating almonds reduces the glycemic index (GI) of a meal, so the more almonds consumed, the lower the meal’s GI and the less the rise in a person’s blood sugar after consumption of the meal. So, if you are going to go out for Mexican, or sit down to a pasta dinner, don’t forget to eat a handful of almonds first!
And here are more reasons to always have almonds in the house! They are high in monounsaturated fats, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and have been found to have a significant effect on lowering cholesterol. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, they are loaded with vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and a good source of copper which help disarm free radicals. Almonds also provide a great source of Riboflavin (vitamin B2) which plays an important role in the body’s energy production!
So, always keep raw almonds handy – eat them as a snack, toss them into your salads, mix them in your chocolate and don’t forget to eat a handful before dining out!