Superfood Spotlight Series: Almonds

 
Almond in a small brown bowl

Originally discovered over 3,000 years ago, almonds are one of the most nutrient-dense food sources known today. You may be surprised to learn that almonds are not technically nuts, but rather seeds, because of the fleshy fruit skin, or “drupe”, found inside of their hard outer shell. You’ve most likely had conventional almonds, but there are also many different varieties with different tastes and firmness. For example, you may find sprouted almonds, Spanish Marcona almonds, and California almonds at your specialty grocer.

Almonds make a great snack to eat during the day because they can help slow down the absorption of sugar and carbs, and therefore help sustain energy levels. They have also been known to help increase vitamin E and antioxidants in the body, which can help improve the immune system and blood flow. This superfood is a great source of fiber, iron, calcium, and protein—there are 6g of protein in one ounce, or 23 almonds. They also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, like magnesium, which helps support healthy bones.

One of the great things about almonds is their ability to transform into different products and still be as nutritious as they are raw. Including almond milk, almond butter, almond flour, or almond meal in your cooking and baking are great ways to add extra protein. Chef Lindsey has created addictive treats like her Paleo Almond Butter Cups and Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers that are better than the classic versions, but we may be biased!

 
Shenelle Ramsay