Sometimes I feel like a nut!  And when I do, almonds are what I reach for!  Often referred to as “the queen of the rose family,” they are related to the peach and the apricot, which are also in the rose family.  When on the tree, there is a fuzzy hull around the actual almond nut.  The Almonds must lay on the orchard floor for about ten days after they are picked to dry out.  They are swept up, hulled, shelled and sorted and the fuzzy hulls are burned as fuel or sold to dairy farms for animal bedding.  Besides being delicious, almonds promote vitality.  That’s news we can use!

Buy organic almonds when possible because they tend to be high in pesticide residue.  Since they have a high fat content, it’s best to store them in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dry place.  Refrigerated, almonds stay fresh for 6 months; they can be kept in the freezer for up to a year.  They are considered “stone fruits” since they are actually the kernel of the fruit.  The chefs of royal families often added almonds to aid in the digestion of meat.

Here are three ways these tasty nuts help us all LIVE YOUNGER:

  1. Almonds help balance blood sugar.  They contain carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index, as well as protein and fat to balance these carbs.  They are rich in Biotin (Vitamin B7), which is a nutrient that enhances blood sugar regulation as well as strengthens hair and nails.  Recent studies show that almonds eaten mid-morning can help moderate blood sugar the entire day.  
  2. Almonds promote heart health.  They are high in monounsaturated fats — the same healthy fats found in olive oil — which are associated with a decreased heart disease risk.
  3. They are effective in weight loss strategies.  Since they contain protein, fat, and are a “slow carb”, they make a person feel satisfied, with minimal blood glucose peaks and valleys.  Although they are calorie dense, they decrease appetite.

Interestingly, almonds are 100 percent reliant on honey bees and wild bees for crop pollination, and that is one of the big expenses for growers.  As you probably know, bees are selective about when they work and don’t like to get out in the rain, at night, when there is frost, or early in the morning.

Homemade Almond Butter is quick and easy to make:

  • Spread 2 cups plain Almonds (not soaked) in a single layer on cookie sheet
  • Roast at 275 degrees for 10-20 minutes
  • In food processor, grind Almonds by adding 1 tsp. Coconut oil at a time
  • Finish with ½ teaspoon of salt in the Almond Butter
  • Enjoy!

Almonds promote vitality.  START SOMEWHERE today enjoying a handful of almonds to curb your hunger and tickle your tastebuds.  Add them to salads or yogurt.  Spread homemade almond butter on apple slices for a yummy afternoon snack.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Almonds Promote Vitality

Almonds Promote Vitality