Are You Nuts?!



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Oh wonderful almond!
So handy, so versatile, so delicious! Eat them raw or cooked. Use them as milk or flour; with the sweet or savory. They can’t be beat. They’re chock-full of nutrients too. Almonds are excellent sources of magnesium and manganese. They are very low in cholesterol and have a zero rating for their glycemic load. They provide good amounts of 8 out of 9 essential amino acids. They are also strongly anti-inflammatory. Approximately one ounce gives you 3 grams of fiber out of the recommended 25-ish needed for a healthy diet.

In Chinese medicine we prescribe food as medicine often. Almonds are known to increase qi and blood. They lubricate the lungs, alleviate coughing and relieve phlegm. Think of almonds the next time you reach for a snack. Eating them raw is always a good choice but if you want the swanky kind, the Marcona almonds with rosemary from Trader Joe’s are always an excellent choice!