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Whether enjoyed on their own for a snack, in butter form with apple slices or as milk in your morning coffee, almonds deserve to be worked into your diet. Here's why.
It seems as though our tastebuds know what's good for us when it comes to the humble almond. The delicious and satisfying tree nut is one of the most nutritious, too. Try it in our homemade almond milk (recipe down below!); we promise you won't miss store-bought versions.
• A 28-gram serving, or about 20 almonds, provides a substantial amount of fibre and protein, as well as calcium and magnesium, which are essential for healthy bones and teeth.
• Studies have shown that the consumption of almonds significantly satiates hunger, thus lowering your overall caloric intake. In addition, they help stabilize blood sugar and prevent cravings.
• The nut is a source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent certain cancers.
• Even their monounsaturated fatty acids have been shown to help lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol and help reduce the risk of heart disease.
For a healthier alternative to wheat flour and a lactose-free milk alternative, try almond flour and almond milk:
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Spread almonds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake until dry, about 1 1/2 hours. Let cool, then pulse in a food processor until the almonds resemble fine crumbs.
You'll need one cup of natural almonds, six cups of filtered water, a pinch of sea salt and one teaspoon of melted coconut oil.
GET THE RECIPE: Homemade Almond Milk
Reap more benefits of almonds by adding them to your beauty routine with almond-based products:
We'd like to cover ourselves from head to toe with these nourishing skincare picks.
Turn them into a body scrub: