Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Snack Much? Reach For Almonds! It's National Almond Day

Prepare for the Nutty-est day of the year because Almond Day is TODAY, Feb. 16! In honor of Almond Day, California Almonds partnered with wellness expert Katie Cavuto to offer “16 Days to a Better You” tips and recipes, inspiring everyone to be more conscious about their food and lifestyle choices.

Regardless of where people may be on their journey towards improved health and well-being, our almond recipes www.almonds.com/consumers/recipe-center/search?k=katie%20cavuto&course=All&mi=All&dc=All and lifestyle tips can enhance the quality of anyone’s health such as:

Incorporate plant-based proteins into your meals. “Meatless” meals often feature plant based proteins that contain good, unsaturated fats that offer many health benefits.

Learn to savor each bite. When you eat mindfully and delight in the experience, you will feel more satisfied with a smaller portion of your favorite foods.

Keep almonds on hand as your go-to snack. It can be difficult to keep your mind focused on an empty stomach, and almonds are the perfect snack to stave off hunger, plus they’re easy and can go anywhere.

Looking for more reasons to crunch on almonds? Check out these amazing facts about almonds:

Just one good-sized handful, or about 23 almonds, is the ideal daily portion recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

·         What’s more, almonds can help you eat less and weight less because now there’s a bonus benefit.  New research by the USDA shows almonds have 20 percent fewer calories than originally thought. Your readers can grab a handful of almonds every day as a great weight-wise boost.

·         Naturally cholesterol-free, almonds are also the tree nut highest in protein and fiber and are part of the “good” fat gang, with 13 grams of unsaturated fat per one-ounce serving.

·         Known for portability and high satiety, almonds provide the perfect pre-workout boost; are easy to keep in your office drawer stash; and pair well with other foods, like sprinkled in Greek yogurt or coupled with dried fruit.

·         Almonds help you get more of the nutrients your body craves, like protein, fiber and good fats. Whether at home, work or on the go, almonds are a satisfying, versatile way to fuel healthy, active lifestyles and an easy way to add a powerful crunch to everyday meals and snacks.

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