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Why Almonds Are the Best Snack for Weight Loss?

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Whenever we try to lose weight, it seems like we are constantly fighting a battle with our own bodies, as well as with foods.

It can be awfully tempting to reach for the nearest available food when we’re hungry.

In fact, some diets deprive us of so many things that we crave that we can’t stand it and eventually give in to temptation.

One way that I’ve found to reduce that problem is to keep snacks, such as almonds, that are considered weight loss superfoods handy at all times.

Understanding Superfoods

When I first heard the term “superfoods” I was very confused about what it meant. Different so-called superfoods seemed to have completely different qualities. But then I learned that they are all basically just extra healthy foods that are really good for your body. Many of them also make great snacks. They usually contain high levels of any or all of these things:

Vitamins
Minerals
Nutrients
Antioxidants
Phytochemicals
Fiber
Healthy Fats

Of course, there are also many healthy foods and snacks that are specifically good for weight loss. Some of them, like blueberries, are considered to be “negative calorie” foods. Blueberries do actually contain calories, but not very many. The result is that they make a good snack for people trying to lose weight because we burn more calories eating them than we actually take in from them.

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Nutritional Value of Almonds

So, just what makes almonds great weight loss snacks? After all, almonds are not “negative calorie” foods. In fact, a single almond contains 7 calories. However, almonds have many properties that make them a must-have item on any weight loss food list.

The first thing that almonds have going for them is that they have great nutritional value. They are rich in protein, they contain a lot of vitamin E, most of their fat content is healthy unsaturated fat, and they also contain magnesium, which can keep your heart healthy. Almonds are also full of other healthy substances, like:

Calcium
Phosphorus
B Vitamins
Riboflavin
Thiamin

You couldn’t ask for a better set of components, for general health or for weight loss. Almonds are also good for weight loss because they can make you feel full quickly. In fact, a Purdue University study showed that eating almonds between meals actually curbed the appetites of the test subjects.

That’s a major factor when it comes to weight loss. If you aren’t as hungry between meals, you aren’t going to be as likely to over eat at meals or grab candy bars and other unhealthy snacks. The study, involved 137 people that were all overweight and close to developing type 2 diabetes. Yet, they didn’t gain weight while eating almonds as snacks because they curbed their hunger.

How to Store and Eat Almonds

You can use them in a lot of different ways and never get bored. You can also take them anywhere. You just have to be careful that they don’t go bad, which is why it’s a good idea to keep them in airtight containers in the fridge.

If you aren’t sure how to prepare almonds, you can try eating them by themselves, sprinkle them on a healthy salad, or even put them on your morning bowl of cereal. You can even cook them in a healthy chicken or turkey and vegetable stir fry.

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