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Have A Healthy 2019 With A Handful Of Almonds

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As the new year sets in, let’s take a moment to ponder over our resolutions and what we planned for. For most people, the most popular resolution or goal for the new year is “keeping fit” and “eating healthy.” This new year, we help out the most popular resolutions by letting in on our secrets on how to be healthy in 2019.

What to eat?

When you plan to stay fit and healthy for the entire year, deciding your meal variety and other options is your first step towards your resolution goal. While you may be following a healthy meal routine, a good idea would also be to plan for the intermittent snacking. “We always plan for our regular meals but forget to plan for the in-between meal time. A convenient option is snacking on almonds for the in-between meal hunger pangs. Snacking on almonds instead of consuming unwholesome snacks, can make a healthy difference to our lives,” says nutritionist Ritika Samaddar. “A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote a feeling of fullness, which may keep hunger at bay in between meals[1]. A handful of almonds are also an excellent source of vital nutrients like vitamin E, calcium, good fat, dietary fibers and plant protein”

Plan for the travel

When venturing out of the house, ensure that you do not compromise on your meal plan. Whether at home, work or on the go, a handful (30 grams/23 almonds ) of almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day and through the year.  Says nutritionist Madhuri Ruia, “ Always keep some almonds handy in a tiffin box so you’ll always have your perfect daily portion. Pair them with fruits or include them in other snacks. This way you will always have something healthy with you while on the go.”

Avoid overindulging at social meets

January is also the month of parties, festivities and weddings. Avoid overindulging in high-calorie food when at a get together. Instead, look out for healthier options. “Coming together as a family is what adds to festive celebrations and gatherings. I make it a point to bring everyone in my family together to celebrate important festivities. It helps us all connect and relive and enjoy memories. We love getting together and talking about what went well and what we can learn from the year gone by. And as we get together, we usually snack on our favourite masala almonds. It’s a tradition that has been carrying on for a long time ” shared Dr. Madhu Chopra, actor Priyanka Chopra’s mother. “If you are throwing a party, a good snack will be tossing almonds in your favourite herb. My favourite for this season is jaggery coated almonds. They make for a healthy option and are a huge favourite with the guests too,” says chef Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent.

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Almonds are a simple and tasty nut that contain many nutrients that contribute to heart-health, such as mono-saturated (good) fat, vitamin E, dietary fibre, calcium and phyto-chemicals. They are also rich in antioxidants, manganese, riboflavin, and copper. Research has shown that regular consumption of these nutrient-rich nuts not only help you manage weight but also contribute towards heart health.

About Almond Board of California

California Almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.in.

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