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Survey Says: Almond Eaters Are Happier

Give yourself more reasons to crunch on this power-packed snack this National Almond Day with snackable survey stats, bona fide RD health tips and crave-worthy recipes


MODESTO, Calif. — Almonds are power-packed with nutrition, provide natural sustained energy to conquer your day in any combination of craveable forms and support beauty from the inside out. And if you count yourself among the almond fan faithful, then you’ve got even more reasons to celebrate your favorite superfood this National Almond Day!

So what makes almond eaters stand out from the rest of the crowd? A new California Almonds survey of American consumers found that almond eaters are more likely to be happier than their peers. Crunch on!

The survey also found that almond eaters aren’t just happier – but they’re healthier than their peers, too. Fellow snackers are more likely to stick with new healthy habits for longer periods of time, staying the course for up to 6 months on average versus non-almond snackers who call it quits after only 4 months. Almond eaters also prefer all-natural snacks (74 percent) and plan for healthy snacking (59 percent). Purposeful snacking and health habits are important to maintain - especially when they help fuel quality of life, well-being and happiness. On this coming National Almond Day, share some of the almonds you packed in your perfect portion tin with the non-almond eaters in your life to spread the holiday cheer.

“You can feel good about eating almonds as they contain nutrients that will help keep you feeling satisfied and fueled no matter what the day brings,” said registered dietitian Maya Feller. “Almonds are also an easy to pack and highly portable snack for busy people who want to prioritize their energy and health.”

Feller encourages everyone to keep your choices realistic and sustainable when thinking about your wellness habits and says that nutritious snack-prep is an important first step to achieving #healthgoals. According to the survey, almond eaters are more likely to prioritize their health and report that ‘nothing prevents them from eating healthy’ (52% of almond eaters vs. 41% of non-almond eaters). 

With six grams of natural protein and four grams of satisfying fiber, in addition to 13 grams of ‘good-for-you’ fats in just one serving, almonds make the perfect snack for people who care about their energy and health. California Almonds encourages all to celebrate the national holiday with a few sweet recipes:

Keep your daily handful of almonds in a cute tin, for a crunchy snack that looks just as stylish as it does tasty!

Made with creamy almond butter and roasted almond, this delicious crunchy cookie is easy to make and a great anytime snack for when a cookie craving hits.

Let this crisp and fruity drink give you a smart morning start, or act as an afternoon snack to keep hunger at bay. With every sip, you'll enjoy the smooth taste of almond butter, almond milk, frozen raspberries, and a touch of honey.

Feeling like a culinary genius has never been so easy. This decadent fresh-strawberry dessert may seem extravagant, but it takes only a few minutes to assemble.

About Maya Feller, R.D.

Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in nutrition for chronic disease prevention. Maya’s believes that by making simple food choices, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing a diet related chronic disease. Half of all Americans suffer from a preventable chronic disease like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cancer, and stroke. To address this difficult and complex epidemic, Maya is dedicated to promoting nutrition education that helps the public to make informed food choices that support health and longevity. She is adjunct faculty at New York University in the Department of Nutrition Food Studies and Public Health. Maya shares her approachable, real food-based solutions to millions of people through regular speaking engagements and as a nutrition expert on Good Morning America, Strahan Sara and Keke and more. She is the author of recently released The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook.

*About California Almonds Survey

This survey, conducted with financial support from the Almond Board of California between June 26-July 13, 2019, was conducted online using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel and yielded a total sample size of 4,027 adults. Panel members are randomly recruited by probability-based sampling to be representative of the U.S. adult population:

  • Gender (n= 1,933 males; 2,094 females)
  • Generation (n= 68 GenZ; 778 Millennials; 1,449 GenX; 1,399 Boomers; 333 Mature)
  • Those with children <18 years in household (n= 1,568 Yes; 2,448 No)
  • Almond consumers (weekly+; n=1,224)

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