Almonds are regarded as the healthiest of all the nuts, being lower in fat than others but still packed with nutrition and loaded with minerals like magnesium, vitamin B2 and also very high in antioxidants. Almonds are one of the best sources of Vitamin E in any food which is linked to many health benefits including reducing your risk of heart disease.
Almonds are low in carbohydrates which makes them suitable for diabetics or anyone wishing to monitor their carbohydrate intake and have a very high level of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies today that often goes undetected. Magnesium is required for over 300 processes in the body including relaxing muscles and regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and reducing your risk of having a stroke. So a handful of raw almonds daily is the perfect way to supplement your diet and make sure you’re getting adequate magnesium in your diet.
Almond Meal is made from whole, blanched sweet almonds that are then ground into a flour. Eating whole almonds has so many health benefits and by adding almond meal to your baking and cooking can bring these benefits into your diet, as well as cutting back on carbohydrate consumption. Perfect! Replacing 25% of your regular flour in your baking recipes with almond meal will add richness and texture and also reduce the total carbohydrate. This makes it perfect for those following a low carb or paleo diet.
In addition to low carb cooking, almond meal is great in sweet and savory recipes. It works fantastically in pie crusts, cakes, cookies, pancakes and quick breads. Almond meal can be used in savory applications, as well. Use almond meal in place of bread crumbs in meatballs, or as a coating for chicken and fish.
When using it in raw food recipes its perfect as it needs no grinding, so if you don’t have a blender but want to make energy balls or a cake crust. Simply mix almond meal with coconut shreds, honey, raw cacao, tahini or almond butter and a pinch of salt and you have quick easy chocolate balls...no blender needed. Happy days!