Almonds have been eaten for thousands of years and have been known to have health benefits.

Recent studies have shown that almonds, when eaten as snacks, can reduce hunger. They can also reduce the desire to eat, thus making them a great food to include in your healthy weight-loss program.

Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin E.  This is important to protect the eyes against the age-related eye damage, macular degeneration. They have been praised for reducing cholesterol and heart disease.

Dr Axe says …

Two of the star chemical compounds of almonds nutrition are healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (abbreviated as MUFAs, the same kind of beneficial fat found in olive oil) and antioxidants that support heart health and prevent factors of cardiovascular disease. Almonds specifically supply antioxidant flavonoids, plant-based compounds present in the skin of almonds that work with vitamin E to improve artery health and reduce inflammation.

Almonds nutrition also holds key nutrients to heart health, including arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium and potassium. Studies show almonds have a consistent “bad” LDL cholesterol-lowering effect, especially in individuals with high cholesterol and diabetes. (4)

Almonds help prevent damage from forming within artery walls and protect against dangerous plaque buildup. Almonds nutrition benefits also make them a great food to support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, in addition to fighting weight gain and obesity — three of the biggest risk factors associated with heart attacks and stroke.

Not only that, they are low in saturated fatty acids, high in monounsaturated fatty acids, full of protein, dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin, and trace minerals such as magnesium.

 

And then we add to that all the beneficial nutrients found in strawberries which makes this smoothie recipe a winner!

The recipe, which is also rich in Vitamin C thanks to the berries, comes from Driscolls and you’ll find the details over the page. Driscolls give this great tip …

Strawberries can vary in size. To make consistent smoothies, quarter the strawberries before measuring them.

 

Please turn to the Next Page (click button below) for the recipe …

 

 

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