National Almond Day
National Almond Day is February 16th!
Celebrate with creative "Life Hacks" and giveaways for each day of February.
February 16 marks the official day to celebrate everybody’s favorite nut! Incorporating almonds into everyday life is a great way to get powerful dietary benefits along with a delicious crunch. In addition to their hefty nutritional profile, almonds have an array of useful applications. To celebrate their versatility, our “Life Hacks with Almonds” will introduce new and interesting ways to enjoy almonds every day in February, from recipe substitutions to beauty tips—our little gifts to you to make your days a little easier and more delicious!
Starting February 1st on Instagram, @californiaalmonds, and continuing each day of the month, the first person to “Like” the daily life hack post will win a “Life Hack Pack” featuring everything you need to try our life hacks at home (28 winners in all.) Your “Life Hack Pack” will include:
- One pound bag of whole almonds
- One pound of slivered almonds
- One pound of almond flour
- One jar of almond butter
Here’s a preview of some fun ways to enjoy crunchy almonds every day:
- Bake with almond flour to create gluten-free alternatives for favorite cakes and muffins.
- Thai recipe come out too spicy? Mix in some almond butter to tame the spice and create a more palate-friendly meal.
- Almond milk is a dairy-free substitute for regular milk and is easy to DIY.
- Rub almond oil directly onto scalp and leave for twenty minutes for an all-natural hair mask.
- Feeling mid-day hunger pangs coming on? Before you succumb to cravings, curb that hunger with a handful of almonds!
If you wanted one more reason to celebrate National Almond Day, do it for your heart: National Almond Day falls smack in the middle of American Heart Month. Every year, about 600,000 Americans die of heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women.1 Good news about almonds and heart health: scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving on almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.
In fact, just this past fall significant research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that provides a helpful illustration of factors that may contribute to a healthier, longer life – and it includes nuts like almonds.2
This found that study participants who ate a handful (a one-ounce serving) of nuts daily were associated with a 20 percent lower risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and other major causes of death compared to those who did not eat nuts.
Sounds to us like a handful of powerful reasons to celebrate -- Crunch on!
1Go AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2013 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2013;127(1):e6-e245.
2Bao Y, Han J, Hu FB, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Fuchs CS. Association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J Med 2013;369:2001-11.