We know it is a daunting task to find a wholesome snack, however, a handful (30 grams/23 almonds ) of almonds could be a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day; whether at home, work or on the go.
Here are ten reasons why we consider almonds to be awesome:
1. We are aware that weight management can be a disheartening sight, with endless hours spent in the gym and when consuming so called healthy processed foods fail to show any remarkable difference in your weight, one should look to almonds as energy giving food. A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote feelings of fullness, which may keep hunger at bay between meals.
2. To keep those hunger pangs at bay during extensive work hours when we mindlessly munch on to greasy chips or devour on a bar of chocolates. Keeping a small of box of almonds stashed in your office desk or your bag is a far healthier snack option.
3. Almonds work divinely as a post workout snack or breakfast snack, they are quick to eat and will give you all the important nutrients.
4. Starting your day with a handful of almonds, mixed in your cereal as a breakfast snack does wonders to kick-start your day on a healthier note.
5. Adding almonds which are energy giving food to your salads to give that extra crunch and punch to your meals, can do wonders
6. One never knew that almonds may lower total and LDL cholesterol when included in a healthy diet and reduce levels of heart damaging inflammation, this sounds perfect for those who suffer from a heart condition
7. In this day to day hectic lifestyle we pursue, one easily gets devoid of energy as the day comes to an end. Not many food items convert their properties into energy, however, almonds are a natural source of many essential nutrients, including protein and healthy fats, making them a nutrient-rich and energy giving snack that can help keep you going throughout the day.
8. Diabetes, is one of the major concerns not only amongst the old but it is very prevalent amongst the youth these days, conversely almonds can help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods that they are eaten with, which affects fasting insulin levels. Hence the benefit of almonds is that it can help manage your diabetes at ease.
9. Cheat days are something that a diet freak swears by, once a week is when most of us indulge in heavenly greasy goodness. But, what if we told you that almonds can be served in quirky and yummy ways, which you could gorge on to anytime? One can easily relish over a bowl of Almond and Chicken Tikka Salad, Sweet and Sour Pomelo.
10. Constipation is not a pretty sight, sometimes chemical laxatives fail to give us the required bowel movement. Soaked almonds come to the rescue, disguised in a bottle in your kitchen shelf; these wonder goodies are the best way to combat your constipation problems, in a jiffy.
Get enthused and start your gastronomic journey with these healthy breakfast snacks and energy giving food to keep you going through the day.
1. Almond and Soya Milk Smoothie
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: no cooking time
Almond Flakes - 100 g
Soya Milk - 750 ml
Honey - 150 g
Whole almonds - 350 g
Banana - 200 g
In a mixer jar, take whole almonds without skin, add soya milk, honey and banana in it. Blend it and garnish with roasted almonds flakes.
Tip: Add a berry flavour as per availability to enhance flavour
Calories 3588 Protein 122 g
Total fat 240.6g Saturated 17.4 g
Monounsaturated 144 g Polyunsaturated 56.6 g
Carbohydrates 267.6 g Fibre 40.8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 440.7 mg
Calcium 2154 mg Magnesium 1407.6 mg
Potassium 4351 mg Vitamin E 118.5 mg
2. Almond and Cranberry Poha
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Almond Flakes - 200 g
Poha - 450 g
Onion - 200 g
Frozen/ dried cranberries - 100 g
Salt - 15 g
Oil - 20 ml
Curry leaves - 15 g
Green chilies - 5 g
Fresh coconut - 100 g
Soak poha in cold water, strain it and keep it aside. Soak 3/4th of almond flakes in water and toast the rest of them. In a pan take oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, chopped green chilies and sauté it. Then, add soaked poha and almonds in it and then add seasoning.
Add cranberries in it, and then add chopped coriander and fresh grated coconut. Add the toasted almonds in the poha. Serve it hot with sprig of coriander as garnish.
Calories 3620 Protein 78.1 g
Total fat 157.6 g Saturated 55.2 g
Monounsaturated 75.9 g Polyunsaturated 28.7 g
Carbohydrates 504.1 g Fiber 33.8 g
Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 6085 mg
Calcium 728.5 mg Magnesium 1027.2 mg
Potassium 2386 mg Vitamin E 54.8 mg
3. Badam ka Parantha
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Atta - 350gms
Water - as required
Salt - ½ tsp
Ghee - 2 tbl spn
For the stuffing:
Almonds - ½ cup
Khoya - 120 gms
Haldi - ½ tsp
Red chilly pwd - ½ tsp
Coriander cracked - 2 tsp
Green chilly chop - 2 tsp
Ginger chop - 2 tsp
Salt - ½ tsp
Reserve around 50 gms of atta for rolling out the dough. In the remaining atta add salt and water and make soft dough. Keep aside for resting. For the stuffing blanch the almonds, peel and chop them up finely. Add rest of the ingredients in the chopped almonds and mix well. Now divide the dough equally and shape it round. Take a spoonful of stuffing and stuff the dough and seal it. Now roll out flat using dry atta and give it a round shape. Heat a flat tawa and cook the parantha on both sides. Apply ghee and make it nice and crisp. Serve hot with yogurt.
Calories 2389 Protein 85.4 gms
Total fat 111.2 gms Saturated 20.9 gms
Monounsaturated 29.6 gms Polyunsaturated 9.5 gms
Carbohydrates 280.8 gms Fiber 7.9 gms
Cholesterol 80 mg Sodium 2779 mg
Calcium 1487 mg Magnesium 779.7 mg