Almonds : The Quintessential Super food

What should you eat empty stomach to lose weight and boost metabolism ? Well the answer is Soaked Almonds. Almonds are among the world’s most popular tree nuts. They are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. There are number of ways to consume this sper nut but the best way to eat them is by soaking them overnight and then consuming them empty stomach. These are packed with protein, healthy fats, fibre and 12 other essential vitamins and minerals

Nutritious Value

  • Protein         :        3 grams
  • Fat               :        5 grams
  • Calories        :        70
  • Carbs           :        3 grams
  • Rich in protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium and riboflavin
  • Good source of iron, potassium, zinc and folate

Some facts

  • 8 out of 10 almonds produced in the world are from California
  • There are a number of famous Indian varieties as well like Shalimar, Mamra, Kashmiri etc
  • Bees are a very important part of almond growth
  • A good crop of almonds is highly dependent on bees pollinating the trees during the blooming season

Benefits of consuming almonds

  • Almonds are loaded with antioxidants
  • High in fibre, hence they are good for digestive health
  • It moisturies the digestive tract and thus help prevent constipation
  • Great for skin and high in vitamin E
  • They help protect your heart from diseases
  • Reduces excessive cravings
  • Boosts bone health
  • Almonds are good for brain, they improve memory and concentration
  • Help control blood pressure
  • Help lower bad cholesterol
  • Helps in blood sugar control
  • Almonds are great form improving quality of sleep
  • Great for eye sight
  • Help treat iron deficiency and very good for nervous system
  • Almond oil is great for hair and skin and can help reduce stretch marks

Ayurvedic properties

  • Taste                     :                  Sweet
  • Potency                  :                  Hot
  • Quality                   :                  Slimy and heavy
  • Effect on dosha       :                  Help reduce vata, may increase kapha, people with increased pitta should consume with care

Benefits of soaked almonds

  • Eases their digestion
  • Almonds’s hot potency is reduced
  • Reduces the amount of anti nutrients
  • May increase absorption of some nutrients
  • Reduces the level of phytic acid which is toxic
  • Becomes easy to consume and chew
  • Improves taste and texture
  • Soaking has little or no effect on nutirtional profile of almonds
  • Other ways to enjoy almonds are by adding to your smoothies, oatmeal, porridge and pancakes
  • You can also consume almond milk
  • It can also be added in ladoos, pinni, panjiri or energy bars
  • Almonds can be soaked in bulk and stored in fridge for upto 4-5 days
  • Since almond skin is not easy to digest, removing it is not a good option

How many almonds in a day ?

  • It is safe to consume minimum 5 to maximum 35 almonds in a day

Side effects of consuming excess almonds

  • Weight gain
  • May create toxicity in the body
  • May cause kidney stone

Best time to consume almonds

  • Eat soaked almonds empty stomach
  • When you consume them empty stomach, mix them with some soaked dry fruits like raisins, fig, apricot etc
  • You can also consume them at bed time, preferably with turmeric milk

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