Almonds: High Protien, Low Carb and Delicious.

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog, Nutrition, Uncategorized

almonds2S Because our focus is on creating high protein, low glycemic and natural snacks, almonds are a favorite ingredient. They make up the bulk of the protein in our No-Grain Granola and our Flourless Cocoa Nib Cookies, and add a good portion of healthy fat as well (fats that our bodies easily convert to energy and which serve as a long-lasting fuel). The protein, fiber and fat content in almonds help slow sugar absorption, keeping blood sugar levels even. Plus, they’ve got a great flavor and crunch.

Almonds might be small, but they’re high in nutrients and protein — there are 6 grams of protein in one ounce of almonds (about 22 individual almonds). Those 22 almonds have about 5 grams of total carbohydrates (3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar). They’re also being hailed as a superfood, since they’re so high in vitamins (especially vitamin E and B), fiber and the fatty acids that help lower cholesterol. Almonds are ground into a gluten free flour substitute, pressed into oil, soaked and crushed to create a dairy free milk alternative (it goes great with our No-Grain Granola), and used in a wide variety of other ways as well.

Of course, there’s more to almonds than just taste and nutrition. For example:

  • We think of them as nuts, but almonds are actually seeds.
  • Wild almonds are bitter — humans selectively bred for sweet almonds over the centuries.
  • Almond trees need to be pollinated by bees (so colony collapse puts almonds in danger too).
  • Historians think they were one of the earliest foods to be cultivated.
  • Candied almonds were popular in ancient Rome.
  • Ancient Egyptians used almonds in baking and cosmetic products.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, high protein snack  that tastes great and keeps you going, you can’t do much better than almonds (unless you grab one of our Seed and Nut Bars)!

 

 

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