As we celebrate the health benefits of nuts, today is a great Almond Board of California Giveaway. Ten of our Appetite for Health fans will win an Almond Inspiration Cookbook and delicious California almonds, so that you can create some delicious dishes with almonds.
Compared to snacking on nutrient-poor choices like crackers, sweets and treats, nuts are nutritional all-stars. Still, many who struggle to lose or maintain a healthy weight avoid nuts due to their calorie counts and don’t think twice about having crackers or pretzels as a snack. Many dieters feel like nuts are off-limits but research shows that nut eaters are thinner, have smaller waistlines and reduced risk for chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
In a recently published study, an almond-enriched diet consisting of two one-ounce servings of almonds per day and a nut-free diet were compared with more than 120 adults for 1½ years. At 18-months, the researchers found that both diets were equally effective for weight loss but the almond eaters had improved markers for heart health. Nuts are diet-friendly because they help temper blood sugar levels and the protein and fiber help keep you fuller, longer.
Another great tip with almonds is that it’s easy to measure a serving (1 oz.). For most women, a handful of almonds equal 23 nuts or a serving. A serving of almonds is 160 calories, 6 grams protein and 3.5 grams fiber.
If you want to win a wonderful Almond Inspiration Cookbook and packages of delicious California-grown almonds, here’s how to enter this Almond Board of California giveaway. You need to “like” Appetite for Health on Facebook and “Like” California Almonds. We also ask that you share one post from our blog that you find interesting via Pinterest, Facebook or Reddit.
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