PROMOTION Snacks are an essential part of the Clean Eating Concept, and today I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorites: almonds!

Almonds are practical and packed with nutrients, not to mention flavorful – a perfect Clean Eating snack for when you’re out and about. :-) Try to get in at least a handful of almonds every day. 

One little almond, so many nutrients

Almonds are rich in vitamin E and calcium and are also a great source of magnesium, which helps fight fatigue. They also contain ample protein, with six grams per handful (~28 grams, or 23 almonds). Protein contributes to the development and maintenance of muscle mass and healthy bones. 

Practical for when you’re on-the-go or in the office 

With raw almonds, you don’t end up with crumbs or greasy fingers – and they’re easy to transport, so they’re super convenient! Almonds are also an ideal office or work snack, since they give you the nutrients you need to keep you going strong, but they don’t weigh you down. I keep a little dish of almonds on my desk, so they’re always within reach when I’m working.

I love almonds by themselves, but they’re also great when combined with dried fruits – cherries, berries, raisins etc. – or toasted with spices.

Californian almonds

Did you know that the vast majority of almonds on the market come from California? Yes, that’s right: 6,500 Californian farmers are responsible for 80% of the world’s total almond production! Most of California’s almond farms have areas of less than 100 hectares (around 0.4 square miles), and nearly 90 percent are family-run, with many in the third and fourth generations. 

Two years ago, in fall 2015, I traveled to California’s Central Valley, where I had the chance to visit one of these almond farms. One of my dreams is to travel to California in time to see the almond blossoms – it looks so beautiful. Hopefully I’ll find time soon! :-)

This post created in cooperation with California Almonds.

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