Almonds

Want to do something good for your body? Just eat a handful of almonds daily and it will thank you. Almonds are such an easily consumable food with an amazing amount of health benefits to help ward of diabetes, reduce the bad LDL cholesterol, support cardiovascular health, and even help you loose weight.

Awesome Almonds

How to Choose and Keep
Almonds still in their shells have the most shelf life, but most people are not going to purchase this way. I like to advise getting almonds raw and keep sealed in the fridge for several months. Make sure all the almonds have a consistent color and are not shriveled when you are buying them. If you want cooked almonds try to get dry roasted, as they are not cooked in who knows how much oil.

Preparation
I recommend getting raw almonds and roasting them yourself, as then you know what is on them. There are so many varieties of almonds out there now that have a massive amount of fat, sugar and sodium added to them. Getting your own and mixing with some olive oil, salt, and whatever other spices you like is your best bet. Roast at 170 for 15-20 minutes. Make some Cajun types with some spices and then make some with nutmeg and cinnamon for a dessert snack. There are so many options!

Nutrients
Manganese, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Tryptophan, Copper, Vitamin B2, and Phosphorus


Action Steps
1. Get some raw almonds and make some different varieties of roasted flavors.
2. Slice up some dry roasted almonds into salads.
3. Make a trail mix with dried fruit and your other favorite nuts. Make sure to check the sugar content in the dried fruit and try to get the ones with the least amount of sugar.
(Resource: whfoods.com)