I adore almonds in everything from almond butter, almond milk, salads, granola, and cereal, to dishes like rice, couscous, and pasta. If you’re not already eating almonds, these 5 facts should change your mind about this health nut.
2. Almonds also contain magnesium, one of the most important nutrients if you are trying to lose weight. Magnesium helps maintain blood sugar levels and keeps cravings in check. According to a study by Hope National Medical Center, overweight adults who incorporated about 3 oz of almonds a day to a reduced calorie diet, lost 18% body fat over 24 weeks, 7% more than the control group eating a comparable diet with complex carbs instead of the almonds.
3. Studies show that monounsaturated fats in almonds might help keep your heart healthy.
4. A recent study shows that almonds have 20% fewer calories than previously claimed! One serving (1 oz) of about 23 nuts has just 129 calories, instead of 160 calories.
5. They’re so tasty and easy to incorporate into your diet! Sprinkle some on your morning cereal, lunch salad, or make a North African-inspired couscous with raisins and crumbled tempeh. Spread almond butter on a toast and top with sliced banana for a great post-workout snack. Bon appetit!