Almonds are this girl’s best friend!
From almond milk with my morning green tea to my rich and creamy almond based smoothie
to that handful of almonds I grab for healthy snacks, almonds are a big part of my day.
I love the fact that they are versatile, taste good–and are so good for you!
More than just a rich source of dietary fiber, almonds deliver a powerful nutritional punch.
They are a good source of:
*B vitamins including Riboflavin, Niacin, Thiamine, B6, Folate
–Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol – one of the richest food sources of this antioxidant
*Essential minerals including:
*Monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats
Powerful Health Benefits
Almonds’ powerful nutrients contribute to your health in 4 important ways:
*Supports heart health
*Reduces blood sugar levels
*Aids weight control
There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of almonds, however, whole food smoothies
are my favorite way.
This flavorful, fiber-rich smoothie makes my day!
Almond Banana Orange Protein Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 cups raw almonds – soaked overnight
1 organic banana
1/2 cup organic raisins – soaked overnight (include soak water in smoothie)
2 scoops Raw Protein Powder (or protein pwder of choice)
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup ice cubes
Rinse soaked almonds and pour off soaking water.
Add all of the ingredients above to your high speed blender (I use a VitaMix)
Blend until all of the ingredients are pulverized and smooth.
Blend a few seconds more, if necessary.
Add more ice or liquid and blend a few seconds more, for a thinner smoothie.
Pour into a glass or mason jar.
It’s creamy, yummy and nutritious!
Refrigerate the balance in a sealed glass jar for later.
Note: If you prefer a smoother smoothie, blend the almonds and strain them
through a nut milk bag to make almond milk, then add then almond milk to
Save the almond pulp to use in other almond recipes such as breakfast bowls, cakes and cookies.
Get the Big Picture!
The infographic below from Nuts.com serves up more information about the benefits of, and ways
to enjoy, almonds.
Are you nuts about almonds too!
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