California Almonds teamed up with fitness personality Brent Bishop and dietitian Abby Langer to help inform Canadians about the importance of heart health. I was fortunate to have been invited to join in a special “Crunch and Punch” session on June 9th at Think Fitness (2489 Bloor St W.).
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Brent and Abbey led our group through a series of exercises, and then taught us about what steps to take to minimize our risk factors for heart disease. At the end of our session, we got to munch on heart-healthy snacks at the “Crunch Bar”. I did share several photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; however, now I’ll share some pertinent information with you. There’s some serious power in the crunch of almonds, and all you need is 1 ounce (or 23 almonds) every day! 23 Almonds contain (approximately):
- Protein 6 g
- Fiber 4 g
- Monounsaturated Fats 9 g
- Vitamin E 7.3 mg
- Potassium 200 mg
- Calcium 75 mg
- Magnesium 77 mg
- Riboflavin 0.3 mg
- Niacin 1 mg
- Phosphorous 135 mg
- Iron 1 mg
Snacking on a handful of whole almonds is a great way to sustain yourself between meals. Keep in mind that the vitamin E, magnesium and other nutrients found in almonds can help lower your risk of heart disease.
Can’t think of ways to use almonds other than eating them by the handful?
- Try topping a creamy vegetable soup with a sprinkle of roasted, sliced natural almonds for crunch and flavour.
- Toss 2-3 cups of almonds with a beaten egg white before tossing them with salt or spices and roasting. The egg white helps the spices adhere to the almonds.
- Stir almond milk into soups for a rich-tasting but heart-smart result.
- Blend almond milk into your smoothie or coffee drink for a creamy, nutty taste with no cholesterol.
- Mix almond butter into a spicy dish to tame the spice.
There are many other ways … can you come up with any? Here are some of their newest dairy-free, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly recipes: http://www.almonds.com/blogger-author-danielle-walker . As well, if you’re interested, this is a link to their recipe centre where you can note any dietary considerations (including dairy-free).