There is a preconceived opinion that almonds are fattening, which is not true, so we must get it out of our way right from the beginning. Nuts should not be avoided; instead, they should be consumed regularly, as they truly are the greatest option for a healthy and balanced diet. They provide many essential vitamins, minerals (manganese, copper and magnesium) and other nutrients that keep your body satisfied and energetic, fighting against carbohydrate carvings.Their oleic acid contributes to decreasing the cholesterol levels. Some studies also confirm that almonds protect against cancer. People who consume almonds regularly increase the level of vitamin E and good fats in the body, without gaining any extra weight. They also present a lower risk of heart disease and heart attack. Almonds are also high in proteins which should not miss from a balanced diet.
How to Eat Almonds for Weight Loss
Nutritionists recommend different ways to eat almonds in order to be efficient for losing weight. One of the most popular methods is to replace your snacks with almonds, or a mixture of different nuts and almonds. You can add a fruit or a carrot, but you should avoid mixing nuts with grain foods or bread.Almonds can also be chopped in a food processor or crushed, in order to be added on salads or on your cereals for breakfast. You can also mix chopped almonds with yogurt, add some of your favorite spices and eat it for lunch; almonds are satiable and will help you satisfy your hunger by eating less.
Should Almond milk be on our shopping list?
Just like in the case of conventional milk, almond milk bought from the stores presents some concerns that make us not recommending it. First of all, the commercialized milk is pasteurized, which means that it does not contain any bacteria, neither bad (which is good), nor beneficial (which is not so good). Sugars and proteins from the pasteurized milk can still cause gastrointestinal problems and it is also proven that store-bought almond milk has actually only 2% almonds in it, which is very-very little.
The best almonds must be sprouted in order to release their enzymes and be more digestible, correctly absorbed and eliminate the digestive issues specific to nuts. However, not even the finest, expensive store-bought almond milk is produced from sprouted almonds. In order to sprout, the almonds must have access to moisture. The good thing is that you can soak them for eight hours at home and then use them to make your own organic, homemade almond milk. All you need is the following objects and ingredients: a blender, a nut milk bag, 3 or 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of almonds, sprouted almonds and vanilla (optional). Simply place the ingredients in the blender and transform them into a milky liquid. You can adjust its density if you feel like, by adding more almonds or reducing the initial quantity of water. The milk must be poured into the nut milk bag and squeezed out. It can be kept for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.