A lot of people rave about Almonds as their favourite nuts. Well, they are wrong! Because, interestingly Almonds are actually seeds. These little seeds come from the fruit of the Almond tree.
Almonds are very beneficial for those that want to get some healthy fats in their diet – they are rich in monounsaturated fats that have been linked with lowering the risk of heart disease. They also have rich doses of Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), Magnesium (essential for bone protection) and Potassium (needed for maintaining normal blood pressure).
Almonds have many uses, and particularly in a Low Carb, Paleo or Banting lifestyle. Here are some of their uses:
- Eat them raw, as is, for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
- Eat them roasted (spread them evenly on a baking tray and bake at 175 degrees (C) for 12 minutes, mixing occasionally.
- Crush them to add to salads
- Mill them into a fine powder called Almond Meal to be used in low carb and banting baking
- Make almond milk (soak almonds in water for 2 days; drain and rinse; blend the almonds with 2 cups of water in a high speed blender; strain the mixture through a nut bag or cheese cloth until all of the milk has been squeezed out; add any sweeteners to taste and enjoy you lactose-free milk!)