Nature's Wonders Baked Almonds
Available: All leading supermarkets. I think this is around $5, and the Camel one is $8.
Volume: 420 g
Star Properties: Plain, baked almonds.
Nutrition Information: As below.
I really like how both Camel and Nature's Wonders package the almonds in zip log bags. The bag is good and will last you all the way till you finish all the almonds, no matter how you roll and fold them. This way, the almonds wouldn't go soft.
I have read that soft nuts are actually nuts gone bad, and will produce toxins that you shouldn't be eating. So do remember to keep nuts in air-tight bags/containers. In any case, the base line to tell if food/cosmetics are going bad is the smell, because biologically, your immune system is built to tell toxins from food. And this is really why you think bad eggs are smelly to the max (bad eggs produces sulphur), and detergent is poison (chlorine fumes and ammonia fumes are poison).
Taste of Almonds
I am featuring Nature's Wonders here because it is cheaper. But I used to eat Camel's, and there really is no difference in taste. I personally like the taste of almond nuts (but not all almond flavored produce), and I like how they crick crack under my teeth. Soft almonds taste like cardboard, so again, remember to keep them sealed airtight.
How Much to Eat?
I think this is the biggest question because Almonds, like all nuts are high calorie foods, and all food will make you grow fat no matter how healthy they are if you eat too much. And it is incredibly easy to overeat when you eat nuts because they are so calorie-dense.
According to all my sources, eat up to 22 almonds a day. And the best way to eat them is to spread out your intake and not eat all at one go. It's like popping Eclipse or Fisherman's Friend (both of which I hate and never eat), just pop of a couple of almonds as and when you want to chew on something.
One point to note though, is that I find eating high fat and high protein almonds works the best when you are doing exercise regularly, meaning 3-5 times per week. The proteins from almonds will help muscle building if you include weights in your exercise regime.
You MAY be overeating if you do not exercise because you may not be keeping track of your other meals. I do cut down on my other meals in the day to give allowance for my body to take in the calories from the almonds.
I find exchanging some calories from my favorite foods with almonds worthwhile because almonds give extremely high nutrition per kilocalorie compared to something like plain rice. It is one of those power foods like kiwis, mushrooms and acai berries.
Why Eat Almonds?
I don't want to sound like this is a propaganda, and repeat everything that the Health Promotion Board says. But basically, almond is high in fibre which will help prevent heart disease. Heart disease is on the rise as our population ages, and the young people get more stressed up.
Almond is high in Omega 3, 6, which is the good fats that will protect your heart, and if enough is ingested, the skin will get the goodness of good fats and stay supple. You may want to get your hands on the book The Perricone Prescription to read more about anti-aging foods.
Almond is also a good source of protein (though not more than milk), which will help cell rejuvenation.
Storing Almonds On the Go
I have come up with a storage idea to pack the 22 almonds for everyday. And that is to buy those pill boxes, or to simply buy a box of candy from 7-11, throw away the candy, and keep the box.
The Luggage Candy box on the right is just the correct size to store 22 almonds, and I like the way it click locks.
Don't overpack almonds because these boxes are not airtight and keeping more than you can finish eating will only mean that your almonds turn soft the next day. And believe me, soft almonds are not nice to eat.
The almonds are very dry, so all you need to do for maintenance is to wipe the box every time you think it is dirty, as the box really doesn't gets very dirty at all. If you wash it with water, let the box dry completely before using again.
Almonds are rather expensive. But I find that too many people rather spend their money on things like Chipster (which is madly expensive for potato chips with poor nutrition), and Yami ice cream (don't believe that 0% fat gimmick, yes true there is 0% fat, but tons of sugar that IS going to get you fat), etc. Cut the bad nutrition in your diet and invest in almonds and salmon instead.
PS: I do like Chipster and Yami and I bought both before, but it is rather true that nice foods are unhealthy. And I found that expensive and not worth my money because of the poor nutrition. It is nothing against these brands, it is a personal choice to eat healthier.
Say Yes to Almonds for Snack! 5/5
I think for health and beauty's sake, it will do everyone good to get use to the dryness and sometimes cardboard-y taste (because it contains a lot of fibre).
Disclaimer: All health info mentioned have been gathered from 5 years of reading and flipping magazines and books. While I do not have exact references, these are things I personally abide by for a period of time already. I am not certified in any way to give health advices, but I am merely sharing what I found to be helpful for me. So I hope this helps you too.
Have you eaten plain baked almonds before? What do you think of it? If you haven't, will you try making almonds part of your everyday life?