Meet the Ingredient: Almonds

Meet..almonds! It turns out today is National Almond Day! One of the most versatile nuts available to us plant based folks, this seed deserves it's own national holiday. Almonds give us delicious, plant based, cruelty-free milk as well as a base for plant based, vegan cheezes that are so delicious you simply wouldn't not believe it was made entirely from almonds! 

So, let's give it up for this superfood!

Almonds contain monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and trace amounts of magnesium. An energy dense snack that provides crucial minerals needed to achieve optimal health, almonds are praised in the medical industry and are quickly gaining the recognition they deserve. 

¼ cup of almonds nutrition provides about:

207 calories

5 grams of protein

5 grams fiber

7 grams of carbohydrates

5 grams of sugar

16 milligrams vitamin E (61 percent DV)

0.4 milligrams riboflavin (44 percent DV)

0.8 milligrams manganese (44 percent DV)

97 milligrams magnesium (36 percent DV)

172 milligrams phosphorus (29 percent DV)

96 milligrams calcium (9.5 percent DV)

33 milligrams iron (4 percent DV)

Almonds can help prevent cancer. Due to almonds anti-inflammatory properties, they make an excellent food in terms of preventing cancer. The free radical content that helps to promote healthy skin, and prevent brain swelling also helps in the fight against certain cancers like colon, prostate and breast cancers.