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the benefits of almonds

September 15 2016 by Jess

There are just SO MANY benefits of almonds, which is why we include them in a lot of our graze snacks!

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We think of almonds as a nut, but they’re in actual fact the seed of the fruit of the almond tree which flowers pink and white flowers. In a similar way to peach, cherry and apricot trees, almond trees bear fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within and it’s these pits of the almond fruit that we refer to as the almond nut!

Jess, graze nutritionist
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Almonds are such a great source of vitamin B7 (biotin),manganese, copper and vitamin B2 - all of which are essential to boost your metabolism.

Almonds are also famous for their high levels of vitamin E. Did you know almonds are the most vitamin E abundant nut on the planet? This is why almonds are such a great snack to help protect yourself from stress.

Almonds are also high in monounsaturated fats which are the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil which have been said to help reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Jess's 5 favourite ways to enjoy almonds:

  • Roasted on a low heat with paprika sprinkled on top.
  • Combined in a salad with fresh herbs, pomegranate, spinach and feta – Lebanese style.
  • Soaked, blended and mixed with water. Sieve and add ground cinnamon to the almond milk and enjoy with smoothies.
  • Grounded almond make a great alternative to traditional flour. It makes a great nutrient dense base for grain free muffins, cakes and loaves.
  • Green bean salad with crunchy almonds on top
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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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