NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

TL 2-16 NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

 

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Almonds offer so many benefits in our everyday life, yet it seems to be a nut that is overlooked.  Today let’s take a look at them and find the joy to be had from these little beauties.  Today is NATIONAL ALMOND DAY!!!

  1. Make a facial mask.  Mix together almond oil, honey and lemon juice.  Apply to your face once a week and you will see a shiny complexion immediately.
  2. How about a facial scrub?  Soak some almonds for a few hours before grinding them.  Mix the paste with a little milk or rose-water for the wonderful exfoliation of dry skin.
  3. Almond oil mixed with almond paste exfoliates dry skin on your lips.  That’s particularly important in the winter time when lips tend to be dry and chapped.  Almond oil contains Vitamins A and E that help increase the production of collagen, which can make the skin look smoother and tighter.  Vitamins B1 and B6 are found in the oil as well. Almond oil can also lighten dark spots on the skin.
  4. Unsweetened almond milk can help you lose weight.
  5. If you eat just a few almonds about 30 minutes before a meal you won’t eat as much.  The protein, fiber and healthy monounsaturated fat contribute to that fuller feeling
  6. Some nutritionists at cancer treatment centers say they aid in cancer fighting thanks to their vitamin E and other protective nutrients such as calcium and magnesium.
  7. Almonds are high in potassium and low in sodium, so they act to regulate your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol levels in check.
  8. A little dab will do.  One handful is a mere 160 calories and contain a great deal of vitamin E and magnesium.  That quantity is also an excellent source of calcium, iron and potassium.  They also provide 12% of your daily protein allowance.
  9. Because they contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, they are good at preventing osteoporosis.
  10. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market.  The FDA issued a qualified health claim in 2003 that states

Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fate and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

 Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.  – Hippocrates

How about some Lebanese cookies???

Ghraybeh

1 Cup butter

1 teaspoon orange-blossom water

2 Cups flour

1 Cup chopped almonds

6 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar plus 3/4 to 1 Cup for decoration

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix butter and orange-blossom water until smooth.  Combine flour and sugar.  Stir into butter mix until blended.  Stir in nuts.  Roll into 1-inch balls, then shape and curve to make crescent moons.  Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake 10-11 minutes.  When cool, gently roll in confectioners’ sugar.  Dust again with confectioners’ sugar before serving.  Makes 3 dozen.

These are certainly not low-sugar (and I wouldn’t recommend Splenda), so remember portion control if you have high blood sugar.

So grab a handful of almonds – don’t let me stop ya!  Wink!  😉