Ever since the age of 28, I have had borderline high cholesterol.
At first hearing that was shocking, I mean I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 12.
It turns out, some people just genetically are unlucky in that department.
Besides the obvious eat healthy and exercise options to lower your bad cholesterol…
There’s another very effective thing you can do everyday – EAT ALMONDS.
Eating 8-10 raw ALMONDS CAN LOWER YOUR LDL (bad) CHOLESTEROL
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet can be just as effective at lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol levels as first generation statin drugs.
So, I guess you could say that I’ve been an almond fan for a while now.
Then, when I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I realized that almonds held another secret.
ALMONDS REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Studies show that consuming almonds alongside white bread regulates spikes in blood sugar and significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal.
There are 2 huge reasons to eat almonds but let’s not forget the others..
- packed w/protein
– contain fiber, calcium, zinc and antioxidants
– THEY ARE DELICIOUS
Since my official training will start on Sunday, I’ve been getting all my healthy food prepped.
Almonds and oats are 2 things I depend on to regulate my BS and keep my energy up while running.
I decided to try and create a chewy (i hate crunchy) granola bar.
The end result was amazing…
Like SO amazing I ate all of them!
This is 1 recipe that will be a constant from now until May 10 (my BIG race date).
- 1 pkg instant oats
- ¼ cup water
- ½ ounce almond butter
- ¼ cup seeds (i have this mixture from Abel & Cole) (pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame)
- ⅛ cup almond flakes
- ¼ dried cranberries
- 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 425F (200 fan).
- Line a pan with foil and spray (to prevent sticking) or parchment
- Mix cranberries, oats and water.
- Add seeds, almond butter and almond flakes.
- Spread on pan and cut into bars.
- Tops with maple syrup and more almond flakes.
- Cook for about 10 minutes.