Ladies, life is hectic. It’s enough to make anyone nutty. We’re a million things to so many people, and if you have the added dimension of being a mom, well... we can guess that life right now is one big roller coaster ride!

The thing is, the pace of the rat race can easily trip us up if we’re not intentional about our health. What we eat can really make a difference to our mood, energy levels and overall sense of health and wellbeing.

In this article we shine the spotlight on almonds - nuts that truly deserve their superfood status. While almonds in general are beneficial for anyone, there are a few reasons why they are particularly good for a woman’s health.

Below we share some fantastic health benefits of almonds, backed by research, which you might not have known.

Here are 5 reasons why women should eat almonds on the daily

1. Almonds are an excellent source of calcium

If there’s one thing women always seem to be in short supply of, it’s calcium. It’s one of the most important supplements that we are encouraged to take no matter our age, but especially if we’re expecting or raising little ones. Our calcium stores get depleted fast! As always the best way to up your calcium intake is that natural way.

Did you know that almond butter contains seven times more calcium than regular peanut butter? Yup, that blew our minds as well - and we’re in the nut business!

Why women need calcium: Low calcium levels impact our bone health, which could lead to fractures, Osteoporosis and other bone issues. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, women are more likely to develop Osteoporosis than men. A handful of almonds is a good source of natural calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other essential minerals to maintain and strengthen our bones.


2. Almonds are packed with fibre

When we think of fibre, we tend to go straight to the usual grains, high fibre breads and cereals. Those are great, but they can get a bit boring. Why not change up your high fibre diet with almonds?

Like many other nuts, almonds have been shown to increase feelings of fullness. They’re also low in carbs and are a good source of protein and fibre, which is important for a healthy gut. If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, the fibre in almonds is essential to keeping your blood sugar stable. Almonds have also been shown to act as prebiotics - food for the good bacteria in the gut that is connected to anti-inflammation, improved immunity and mental health. Amazing!

Why women need fibre: Recent research indicates that overall, most women don’t consume close to the amount of daily fibre that they need, mainly because so much of what we eat is highly processed. Almonds are a great way to contribute to your daily intake of fibre, to help keep you full and regular.


3. Almonds contain the good fats

Love your heart? Then up the almonds!

Almonds are key to a heart-healthy diet because of their high levels of monounsaturated fats. These are the good fats, so don’t be afraid to enjoy small portions of almonds as part of your daily meals and snacks. They help to lower bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

Why women need good fats: Healthy fats like monounsaturated fats support weight loss, so because they fill you up quickly, you’re unlikely to overindulge if you’re watching your weight. This means eating almonds is a good way to feel satisfied and reduce your overall calorie intake.


4.  Almonds are great for your skin

Feeling a bit haggard? You are not alone. Women are tired. Mom Brain is real. Stress doesn’t do our skin any favours either. So when there’s a natural way to boost our brains, bodies and skin, you can bet we’re listening!

The answer: almonds.

Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin E. A recent controlled study showed that a group of women who consumed 20% of their daily calories in almonds showed improved skin and decreased wrinkle severity than the group who didn’t consume almonds.

Why women need Vitamin E: If there’s one thing we are good at, ladies, it’s stressing out, right? We need all the help we can get from Mother Nature to reduce the impact of all forms of stress on our bodies. High levels of Vitamin E in almonds act as an antioxidant, which protects the body’s cells from damage and oxidative stress. It also reduces the signs of ageing and inflammation, and improves blood flow.


5. Almonds are incredibly versatile

Almonds have so many uses, and can even feature in your skincare regimen! Here are just a few clever ways to sneak almonds into your day to day:
  • Served as is, roasted or raw
  • Sprinkled over cereal, oats, granola or muesli
  • Chopped and baked into muffins, bakes and bars
  • Sliced into slivers and sprinkled over just about anything
  • Blitzed into your morning smoothies
  • Toasted and tossed over salads and desserts
  • Ground into flour for baking
  • Turned into tasty almond butter
  • Made into almond paste or marzipan
  • Used to make almond milk as a dairy alternative
  • Blended into sauces for pasta or veggies
  • Crushed into a pulp to make a home-made facial scrub!

These are just a few of the fantastic health benefits of almonds. It’s never a bad idea to boost your brain and body with these nutritional nuggets.

Happy snacking!
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