I eat one serving, 23 pieces, of unsalted, natural almonds almost every single day. I added the nuts to my diet in an effort to add protein to my breakfast and/or lunch and still keep those meals super portable.
Almonds are a significant source of protein and fiber.
Aside from being tasty on their own, and a delicious combination with my vanilla greek yogurt, almonds provided that extra boost of protein and fiber that I needed to feel satisfied with my breakfast.
I split one serving of almonds throughout the day, eating one half serving with breakfast and the other half serving with my afternoon snack. The morning serving helps me feel satiated until it is time for lunch. The afternoon snack portion is probably my only saving grace on avoiding a candy bar from the vending machine.
Almonds, as part of a balanced diet, aid in maintaining a healthy weight.
The fiber, protein and healthy fat content in almonds, paired with a low sugar content make them an excellent option to eat in small quantities. It only takes a small handful of almonds to prevent over-eating and help you feel full.
Almonds help regulate blood sugar levels.
Even though I am not a diabetic, I feel pretty strongly that part of my weight challenges are related to bad eating habits which kept my sugar levels on a constant roller coaster with significantly low dips and significantly high peaks. Since I have focused on maintaining a more even blood sugar, I have seen the pounds go.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diets that include nuts like almonds have been shown to help fight diabetes even without significant diet or activity level changes.
In addition to the benefits above, almonds have been linked to:
- Relief from inflammatory diseases
- Helps regulate cholesterol levels
- Promotes strong bones, fighting against osteoporosis
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Boosts the immune system
- Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails
- Regulates blood pressure
- Promotes a healthy pregnancy
- Helps diabetics better manage blood glucose levels
- Promotes gastrointestinal health by providing prebiotics