Since September is Better Breakfast Month, we couldn’t think of a better time to give you the scoop on some amazing foods that will transform the way you eat breakfast. Especially, if you’re one of those 30 million people who don’t eat breakfast at all. Whether you’re short on time, or not hungry at breakfast, this superfood might be enough to change your mind! It’s actually a nut. Well…it’s actually a seed.
Almonds as we buy them in the store, are actually harvested seeds of the almond tree. I imagine we call them nuts because their properties are so similar to nuts and they have a nutty flavor. Whatever your reasoning, they’re delicious and even better for you. If you don’t eat them, an allergy is the only excuse we’re taking because they are so good for you, especially for breakfast, and a little bit goes a long way.
- They’re high in protein, and low in carbs. This means they have what your body needs to build cells, repair tissue, regulate your digestion, and give you a boost of energy without the crash later.
- They’re high in fiber which is great for reducing your LDL “bad” cholesterol, lowering your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Do you have painful periods? The Vitamin E in almonds helps with blood circulation, alleviating cramps, and pain associated with menstruation.
- The Vitamin E in almonds also help prevent some types of cancer, and keeps your skin healthy.
- Almonds contain high amounts of magnesium that help control blood sugar after meals.
- They’re high in antioxidants that fight to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
- Almonds are full of GOOD fats (monounsaturated fats) which work together with the Vitamin E and fiber to keep bad cholesterol levels low, and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- They are super portable and versatile. You can grab a handful and walk out of the door, or blend them in your smoothie!
- They assist with weight loss by helping you feel more full with less, and longer. (Satiety.)
- THEY ARE DELICIOUS.
Ready to add them to your breakfast routine? Here’s how:
- Almonds can be used in pastries, and baked goods. Everything from banana bread, to cinnamon rolls, and scones.
- Toss them on your oatmeal, cereal, or smoothie bowl.
- Slather almond butter on toast, a bagel, or fruit like apples. This one is our fave. (SO YUMMY!)
- Use almond flour for gluten free and low carb breakfast favorites like waffles, and pancakes.
- Blend them in your smoothies.
- Serve them in an omelet. (Slivered almonds work best.)
- Eat them raw. The antioxidant-rich part of the almond is actually the skin!
- Replace dairy milk you use for breakfast, for almond milk.
- Use them to top parfaits.
- Fold them into breakfast cookies, protein bars, trail mix, or granola.
There are so many different ways you can incorporate this yummy food into your daily breakfast routine! The possibilities are endless. Will you be joining us all month for The ABC’s of Better Breakfast? Tag us in your breakfast photos #ChewsyBreakfastClub so we can cheer you on!
Do you eat almonds?