February 14, 2019 6:25 am Leave your thoughts
At a rough estimate, there are 50,000 almonds currently on the shelves at Naturally Good Food! We’ve got them whole, organic, blanched, flaked, ground and made into butter and milk. We love these sweet, crunchy and versatile nuts. So do our customers. But why?
Our almonds build good health
Almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can eat – there’s a reason they feature in so many diet plans. These tiny nuts are liberally packed with vitamins, minerals and nutritious elements. Here’s what you’ll find in every single one of our 50,000 almonds (and why it matters):
Mono-unsaturated fats: these help to lower levels of LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the body, thus protecting the cardiovascular system. Almonds also contain phytosterols, which interact with cholesterol in a positive manner too.
Vitamin E: this works as an antioxidant, protecting our bodies against the damage caused by ‘free radicals’. In almonds, vitamin E works alongside monounsaturated fats to lower our risk of heart disease.
Magnesium: this mineral helps boost the flow of blood and nutrients round the body and thus protects our hearts.
Potassium: potassium is needed for the healthy contraction of muscles, including the heart, and is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure.
Selenium: this is an important mineral for reproductive health, DNA production and the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Zinc: zinc is another mineral associated with good reproductive health and fertility. It’s used in the body to make proteins and genetic material. Zinc also helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses and enables wounds to heal. In addition, we need zinc to maintain our proper senses of taste and smell.
Calcium: calcium builds and maintains strong bones, allows our blood to clot, keeps our hearts beating and lets our muscles contract.
B vitamins: almonds contain various B vitamins, including folate and biotin (vitamin B7). These improve our energy levels, enable cell metabolism, boost our immune systems and keep our brains functioning properly.
Copper: along with iron (which it allows our bodies to absorb), copper is needed for the body to produce red blood cells. It also helps to maintain healthy bones, blood vessels and nerves and boosts our immune function.
Manganese: this mineral helps us produce connective tissues and form bones and allows our blood to clot. It’s important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, in the absorption of calcium and in regulating our blood sugar levels. Our brain and nerves also require manganese to function effectively.
Fibre: fibre is essential for bowel health and great for heart health. It’s the fibre in almonds that keeps our sugar levels steady, dampening hunger pangs without leading to a surge in blood sugar.
Protein: like other nuts, almonds are a great plant-based source of protein, ideal for those on vegetarian and vegan diets in particular.
Phosphorus: this mineral helps to build strong bones and glistening white teeth.
Our almonds make the perfect snack
Almonds are an ideal snack: two or three dispel hunger pangs almost instantly, letting you push on till the next meal without succumbing to sweet temptation. A pack fits easily into a handbag, pocket or desk drawer.
Almonds are naturally low in carbohydrate, which is good news for those who are following low-carb diets. It’s their protein and fibre that keeps you full – not their ‘stodge’.
Our almonds taste amazing
Many people don’t like the traditional, bitter ‘almond’ flavour you get in commercial sweets and cakes. But real almonds are a different matter altogether. With our proper almonds there’s no trace of bitterness, just a gentle flavoursome sweetness.
Our organic almonds are good for the environment
Our organic almonds come from Spain, where they are grown in harmony with nature, without the use of harmful pesticides that might filter through their thin skins. Strict environmental standards ensure that the almond harvest is sustainable. The almonds themselves, unpasteurised, are the best we’ve ever tasted! If you have concerns about the US way of growing almonds in a monocultural, drought-exacerbating manner, buy organic Spanish almonds instead.
Our ground almonds are useful for gluten-free cooking
Ground almonds are also widely known as almond flour; in this form, they’re an amazing ingredient in gluten-free cooking. Almond flour can be mixed with your usual baking ingredients (often with just a little all-purpose gluten-free flour too) to make cakes, puddings and biscuits and to thicken curries and other dishes. They bring a richness and moist density to the dish they’re added to, making them less a ‘substitute’ and more of a ‘go to’ ingredient.
Amazing things to do with almonds
Let’s take a look at three amazing almond ideas!
Rosemary-roasted almonds: by Mary Berry
Chicken with apricots and almonds: (and nine other almond recipes too)
Moist cherry and almond tart: invented – by accident – by a member of staff at NGF!
All our almonds
Here’s a list of just where you’ll find every single one of those 50,000 NGF almonds! They’re on our shelves packaged up as the following:
- Whole organic and non-organic almonds (the original and best)
- Blanched almonds (the organic ones of these are wonderfully milky)
- Flaked almonds (great for baking)
- Almond milk (with different additional flavours, in powdered form, and as cream)
- Ground almonds (for all that gluten-free baking – and for delicious products in general)
- Almond butter (raw, crunchy, smooth, salted, unsalted, organic – see our fantastic range here)
- Almond products (roasted, salted, mixed with hot chilli, tamari and other nuts; in desserts, biscuits and chocolate bars)
This post was written by Yzanne