Almonds are quickly becoming a staple in the diets of many people due to their cancer-fighting properties and their ability to combat high cholesterol. There are many ways to enjoy almonds in all their delicious glory, with a little sweetness to give your taste buds what they crave.
Sauteed With Vegetables
Fresh vegetables sauteed in butter are paired perfectly with sweet almonds. There are many flavors to choose from. The result is a delicious side dish that goes perfect with any dinner.
Ice Cream Toppings
Regardless of whether it’s in the middle of summer or the dead of winter, everyone enjoys a nice bowl of ice cream. These almonds are the perfect addition to any flavor.
Recently, it’s become a trend to add fruit in salads to give them a sweet kick. You can add to that amazing flavor by topping your salads with our almonds. They add to the sweetness of your fruit, making them a refreshing lunch or dinner.
Heart-healthy cereals can be enjoyed even more. Simply sprinkle them on top of your favorite breakfast cereal or oatmeal to enhance your breakfast each morning.
Instead of purchasing kettle corn, which is sweet and salty, pick up a package of the old-fashioned variety, add some salt and mix in any flavor of almonds you choose. Your taste buds will love the mix and you’ll have a satisfying snack.
There are many more ways to enjoy these amazing nuts, of course. Be creative! You’ll appease your craving for something sweet with great nutrition in the process.
There is a timely article in The Medical News Today about how to keep your self from overindulging during the Holiday season. Health expert Joseph Skelton, the director of Brenner FIT (a pediatric weight program) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is the man behind these very helpful suggestions.
The first tips is to not deny yourself special treats as this is the time of year to indulge – just take care not to overindulge. A good idea is to plan ahead and eat more healthful foods like vegetables and fruits early in the day before that big thanksgiving feast. Skelton advises that the aromas and presentation of food may tell us we are hungry while listening close enough to the stomach might tell us otherwise. He says it’s this difference between “yummy hungry” and “tummy hungry” that you should watch out for this time of year.
Skelton suggests eating a good amount and then waiting for about twenty minutes, as you may very well feel full by then, before taking another plateful. He also suggests drinking plenty of water and having some healthful snacks on hand to avoid the pitfalls associated with overconsumption of unhealthy foods.
You can plan ahead and make sure you have our healthful snacks on hand by placing an order for some of our delicious almond snacks today. Our flavored almonds are not only all-natural but also vegan friendly and Kosher certified, making them the perfect addition to just about any holiday feast.
A recent article on the Harvard School of Public Health’s web page looked at the results of the change in America’s diet from the sixties to the present day. The article suggests that a low fat diet leading to better health has become a myth that needs to be debunked.
The facts are that in the sixties Americans received 45% of their calories in the form of fats and oils. During this time only 13% of Americans were obese and less than 1% had type 2 diabetes. After decades of eating foods lower in fats (only 33% of calories now taken in are from these sources) 34% of Americans are now diagnosed as obese and 11% have diabetes.
The article explains that sugars and refined carbohydrates are now being added to “fat-free” foods to make them more flavorful. It is the author’s contention that these ‘fast carbs” are more harmful to heart health than ingesting foods higher in fats. He also suggests that the lack of “good fats’ among other nutrients that is one of the culprits in our lack of better health from consuming foods that are lower in fat.
The good, healthy fats referenced in the article that are missing from many low fat diets are readily found in our favorite all natural snack, the almond. Visit our website today to order some delicious flavored almond snacks as a healthy alternative to those “low fat”, “fast carb” infused products.
A recent Science News Daily article reported on a study that tested whether eating fish high that were high in Omega 3 fatty acids would reduce the risk of stroke. The proven benefits of eating sardines, mackerel, salmon and other oily fish on heart health was the catalyst behind the idea that there may be other cardiovascular benefits to consuming these foods.
Researchers performed an in depth analysis of 38 different studies involving over 800,000 people who ate this kind of fish. Research showed that those who ate two to four fish meals a week had a 6% lower incidence of stroke than those who only had one or two meals of fish a week.
Those who only took fish oil supplements did not show any evidence of reduced risk. The researchers estimated that the differences could be due to the fact that eating the fish delivers other nutrients to the body that combine with the omega 3 oils to reduce the chance of having a stroke.
Eating more natural foods has long been suggested as a way to build a heart healthier diet. One of our favorite all-natural foods, the almond, also has benefits for the cardiovascular system. Almonds deliver healthy monounsaturated fats to your bloodstream and help to naturally reduce your “bad” cholesterol. Visit our website to order some delicious flavored almond snacks and get started on the course toward a more heart healthy diet today.
The Medical News Today has reviewed a study on mid-life habits and their influence on older heath. The researchers identified healthy behaviors that middle aged people followed such as not smoking, eating fruits and vegetables and getting exercise as those that helped them successfully age.
Successful aging was identified as being in overall good health with no chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and/or heart disease. Those who aged successfully also showed good mobility, respiratory function and cognitive skills at the end of the 16 year study.
The study included 5100 people from the UK and France that had none of the chronic diseases mentioned earlier. When they were reevaluated sixteen years later 549 people had died and 953 were classified as successfully aging. This portion of the group was a little younger than the overall group but the researchers still believe that the healthy behaviors had an impact on successful aging.
The important lesson to take from this study is that paying attention to simple healthy lifestyle habits now can have a positive impact on your health in the future. Start your journey to successful aging by making a concerted effort to get regular exercise and by replacing your favorite high fat, high sugar snacks with healthier, all natural snacks. Stop by our website to pick up some delicious flavored almond snacks that can satisfy cravings and that fit in well into a heart healthier diet.
The old adage “an apple a day keeps the Doctor away” has been given new credence in a recent study conducted by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Lead researcher Dr. Robert DiSilvestro, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University, was in charge of this study that looked at the effects of eating an apple everyday on the Low Density Lipids of 16 middle aged adults. The participants were compared to subjects who took the antioxidant polyphenol via a dietary supplement. Researchers found that those who ate the apples saw a greater degree of reduction of LDLs (bad cholesterol) than those taking the supplement.
According to Dr. DiSilvestro the polyphenol reduces the oxidizing of LDLs and therefore limits the damage to arteries that the LDLs can cause. The Doctor believes that “all antioxidants are not created equal” in this process and that the polyphenols from apples are the most effective in bringing about these positive results.
These powerful and highly beneficial antioxidants are not only found in apples. One of our very favorite all natural snacks, the almond, are rich in polyphenol as well. Apples might be the best source but they are not the only one – a delicious all-natural snack containing both flavored almonds and apple slices can certainly be a tasty part of a more heart healthy diet.
With all of the diet advice floating around on the internet it is fairly easy to get overwhelmed or confused about what moves to make to get healthier. The diets we like to talk about or review here at Awesome Natural Foods are of course those that promote health – not just weight loss at any cost.
It is good to know for instance that the heart healthy diets seem to dovetail with the brain healthy diets. These diets tend to recommend fish that is high in Omega 3 fats and they also rely on antioxidants for brain and heart health from natural foods like blueberries and other fruits and vegetables.
There are three foods beginning with the letter A (avocados, apples and almonds) that seem to be high on just about every healthy food list. Not only do all three contain antioxidants but avocados and almonds also contain healthy fats that promote good blood vessel maintenance.
Keeping arteries free of blockages by fatty deposits can help keep the heart and the brain both functioning at a higher level. Combining fresh apples with almonds and avocados in a salad can be a great way to get all three A’s in one all natural snack. Visit our website today to order some delicious flavored almonds to mix or stand alone for a snack that will serve as a perfect addition to a heart and brain healthy diet.
A recent article by health expert Dr. Rima Himelstein brings to light the possibility of metabolic syndrome and teen obesity as reasons that teens perform poorly in school. Dr. Himelstein points to new evidence that spelling and math ability seem to be harmed by obesity and the resultant metabolic syndrome it causes. Metabolic syndrome is evidenced by high fasting glucose or insulin resistance, low high density lipoprotein levels, hypertension, high triglyceride levels and too much abdominal fat.
The doctor states that brain imaging shows teens with these problems have fewer of the neural connections used in high level thinking and it can cause poor mental flexibility and short attention span.
As one might expect, experts point to the usual culprits as the primary reasons for obesity in teens. Lack of exercise, poor diets that contain too much fast food and spending too much time in front of the TV and computer are all cited as contributing to obesity
The doctor recommends keeping a good stock of fresh fruits and vegetables in your home in an effort to transition teens into a new, healthier diet. We here at Awesome Natural Foods believe you should encourage teens to favor all natural snacks, like almonds, rather than the high fat and over processed snacks that are commonly found in vending machines and snack aisles of grocery stores. A simple change in diet and increase in activity levels can make a powerful difference in the life of an overweight teenager.
There is a recent article in the Medical News Today that looks at a study published in the journal Agricultural Economics. The study found that those who read food labels when shopping, especially women, usually weigh less. The study went on to say that body mass index (BMI) for women is markedly lower than for those who read food labels. They used information from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey which contained over 25,000 bits of data about people’s shopping and eating habits.
One thing they found was that only about 58% of men review the food labels when shopping while compared to nearly 75% of women. The men who read food labels however don’t seem to enjoy the same reduction in body mass as the women. The authors of the study hope that this encouraging information will help to reduce obesity in the US. Actively reading nutrition labels is a very simple way to get started on following a healthier diet.
At Awesome Natural Foods we encourage everyone to read the label. Our all natural flavored almond snacks have all the nutrition clearly printed on the label. Our Awesome Almonds contain only all natural ingredients, have no artificial colors and no Trans fats and are a perfect addition for the heart healthy diet.
There is a list that the Mayo Clinic has had on their website [www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-healthy-diet/NU00196] that can be used as a jumping off point for those who want to start a heart healthy diet. It’s important to note though that you should see your doctor before embarking on any change in diet no matter how beneficial you may think it is.
The Clinic recommends these 8 steps to improve heart healthy eating:
1. Control your portion size – calories need to be counted
2. Eat more vegetables and fruits as they are the basic components of heart healthy eating
3. Select whole Grains which have more fiber and fewer calories.
4. Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol – Trans Fats and saturated fats should be avoided in favor of Monounsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds and olive oil.
5. Use low fat protein sources like chicken, fish, beans, and lean meats to avoid fats too
6. Reduce salt by paying attention to nutrition labels for sodium content.
7. Plan ahead – know what you need and plan meals accordingly
8. Have a treat – a few potato chips here and there aren’t bad if you don’t binge.
When planning ahead have some almonds from Awesome Natural Foods on hand to get some heart healthy fiber and monounsaturated fats from our all-natural snacks. Visit our website today to view all of our delicious varieties of flavored almond snacks.