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Get Fit in the New Year

The New Year is traditionally when everyone decides to get fit. And as a fitness pro, you’re usually the one who they turn to for help. We know that you yourself may be searching for how to stay “fit” in your own way - in business that is. We’ve compiled some motivation for you.


This year, with COVID-19 still a concern, your regular January burst of new clients may look different. In fact, many of them may be virtual or if you’re lucky enough to live in a temperate climate in the winter, outside. The fact is, as this pandemic has shown us, being physically fit is more important than ever before and people are finally starting to make the connection that they need to take charge of their health.

Speaking of being fit, how fit is your business? This has been a trying stretch for gyms and fitness pros, to say the least. Read on for information on how to access our 4-part Fueling Fitness Webinar Series, hosted by fitness expert, Todd Durkin. You’ll learn tips on how to make your business shine during this challenging time from interviews with fitness industry leaders. And you can earn continuing education credit from ACE!  And after watching the webinars, you can order your free Fueling Fitness Tin Time Kit to share almonds and pre/post workout snacking tips with your clients.

Finally, check out our educational handouts to share with clients, research examining almond eaters’ health habits, and our delicious Almond n’ Banana smoothie recipe – simple to whip up and the perfect post-workout drink.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!


Almond n’ Banana Smoothie

Sample Tweet:  Nutty almonds and sweet bananas are tastes made for each other. Whip up this delish smoothie, made with 4 forms of almonds: almond butter, almond milk, almond extract and whole almonds. Look for almond protein powder available online or in your local grocery store that you can use in place of regular protein powder too and make this drink an almond quinfecta!

Todd Durkin Fueling Fitness WebinarsFUELING FITNESS WEBINAR SERIES

Did you catch our 4-part Fueling Fitness Webinar Series, moderated by the one and only Todd Durkin? This snack-sized masterclass explores the current state of the fitness industry and ways to make your business shine, despite obstacles. Each episode includes interviews with different fitness industry leaders, along with extensive handouts. And… each webinar is approved for 0.5 credit by ACE! Check out the summary of each episode topic listed below and visit here to watch the webinars.

RESEARCH UPDATE: Are Almond Eaters Healthier?

As you already know well, people are always looking for the best tips for maintaining a healthy body weight and being in top health – without overhauling their entire lives.  A study1 published in Food and Nutrition Sciences, funded by the Almond Board of California, found that people who eat almonds on a regular basis (usual intake of about an ounce in the course of a day) have a lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, and better health habits. Specifically, the study found:

  • Almond eaters who typically consumed an average of an ounce of almonds per day were more likely to be physically active and less likely to smoke, suggesting that eating almonds is associated with healthier lifestyle patterns.
  • Eating almonds was associated with higher intake of several nutrients identified as nutrients of public health concern, including dietary fiber. Almond consumers had higher intakes of other “shortfall nutrients” including vitamins A, D, E, and C; folate; and magnesium versus non-consumers.
  • Almond eaters had other healthy dietary habits including consuming less total sugar, less added sugar and less saturated fat.
  • BMI and waist circumference were both lower in almond eaters than non-almond eaters.

Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES; 2001-2010) to look at the association between almond consumption and dietary adequacy and diet quality of American adults, along with other lifestyle components. Adults ages 19 years and older from across the United States were included, which totaled 24,808 people. 395 of those were almond consumers, which were defined as those who reported consuming almonds or almond butter during at least one of their two 24-hour diet recalls.

The diet quality element of the research was determined by using the USDA-developed Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2010 score (100 points is a top score) and component scores.  The HEI-2010 total score was about 15 points higher in almond consumers than non-consumers.  Nearly all diet component scores were better in almond consumers.  Interestingly, almond consumers had higher HEI scores for high-fiber foods, total vegetables, greens and beans, and total/whole fruit.

This study suggests that almond consumers may have healthier overall lifestyle components than non-consumers, and that regular consumption of almonds should be encouraged as part of a healthy dietary pattern.  Currently, less than 2% of the U.S. population eats almonds daily, which represents a large percentage of the population that might benefit from replacing empty-calorie snacks with almonds. The healthier habits associated with those who eat almonds may inspire wellness seekers to try this healthy grab-n-go snack.

Although eating almonds may not necessarily be the cause of these healthier lifestyle factors, there is something about the portfolio of healthier habits associated with people who choose almonds.  Study limitations also include the reliance on self-reported dietary intake collected during 24-hour dietary recalls, as well as the possibility that almond consumers were misclassified, and there is a potential for residual confounding.

The unique nutrient package in almonds provides 160 calories with 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of filling dietary fiber, 13 grams of good unsaturated fats,  50% of the Daily Value for vitamin E and 20% of the Daily Value for magnesium in each one ounce healthy handful.

1 O’Neil CE, Nicklas TA, Fulgoni, III VL. Almond consumption is associated with better nutrient intake, nutrient adequacy and diet quality in adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2010; Food and Nutrition Sciences. 2016; 7:504-515.