National Almond Day:
Celebrated on February 16th every year. The day is to recognize and to explore more about the benefits of a stony fruit, Almond.
|2019||16th February||Wednesday||United States|
|2020||16th February||Thursday||United States|
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Why Almond Day?
Today is to recognize and to explore more about the benefits of a stony fruit, Almond.Almond does not need any introduction, however, hope you do not know about the botanical features and it’s health centric importance.This day is to discuss and explore in detail.
Almond is a stone fruit consisting of thick, leathery cover known as Hull. Beneath it, a harder layer called shell covering the seed (edible part) lies.
Almonds are rich in fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, manganese, vitamin E, calcium and potassium. Similar to other nuts almonds are rich in fat when taken in right proportion (about 23 almonds in a day),it produces good fat which acts as energy fuel.Almonds when consumed with its brown skin unpeeled contains flavonoids which reduce inflammation and increases antioxidant production in our body.
How we can Celebrate or Observe National Almond Day:
Enjoy the day by trying out this quick recipe.
Fire cracker almonds:
Chilli powder-2 tbsp
Roasted California almonds-2 cups
Pepper sauce – 1/2 tbsp
Almond/Olive oil-1 tbsp
Place mixed chilli powder, garlic powder, curry powder and oil in a medium heated pan. Heat it until it raises hot bubbles. Now spread almonds over the mixture in the pan and stir it until each almonds is coated with mixture (approx 3-5 mins). Turn off the flame and cool the roasted almonds. Spread pepper sauce over it and allow it to cool before serving.
Why to wait? It’s time to enjoy the yummy and healthy snack.
Few more tip:
small tip for dull-free skin:
Apply few drops of almond oil on your face and gently massage your cheeks upwards. Wash it after 10 minutes to get smoother and dull-free skin.
A tip to manage frizzy hair:
Mix equal amount of almond oil, olive oil and castor oil and apply it in your hair. Massage well for 15 minutes and wash it with mild shampoo. Repeat it twice in a week to get smooth and lustrous hair.
Use hashtag #almondday to post on social media.
Interesting Facts About Almond Day:
- Almond hulls are used to feed cattle.
- The word Almond is derived from Greek word “amygalda” meaning an almond shaped neuron in humans brain.
- Almond flowers are not the wind pollinated. Instead, it undergoes cross-pollination(one variety pollinates with another.).Honey bees play crucial role in transferring pollens between different varieties.
- California cultivates eighty percentages of almonds in the world. It produces nearly six varieties of almonds.
- Almonds are pasteurised to prevent salmonella bacterial growth.
- Almond milk is lactose and cholesterol free which is best suited for vegans.
- Almonds are one of the members of rose family. It is also called as “queen of rose family.”
Few magnificent goodness of almonds intake:
Almonds for heart:
Free radicals are chemicals which are accumulated in the body naturally due to food breakdown or by smoking habits. Due to fewer antioxidants, these radicals travel all over the human body resulting in building up of oxygen to LDL(bad cholesterol), which substantially develops plaque on artery wall thereby blocking blood vessels and leading to heart stokes or attacks. Consuming almonds everyday increases antioxidants to fight these free radicals and gives you a healthier heart.
Almond impedes cancer.
Fiber present in almonds detoxifies and helps in easier bowel movement, minimizing the risk of colon cancer.
Almond for fitness:
Almonds crunchiness not only replaces junk foods but also promotes good health. Proteins and fiber content in almonds deprive hunger sensation.Moreover, lower carbohydrate in almonds helps in managing weight.
Almond to control blood sugar:
The lower glycemic index in almonds reduces the post-meal hike in blood sugar level eventually preventing diabetes.A recent study revealed that magnesium in almonds acted as resistant in developing type 2 diabetes.
Almonds for strong bones:
Calcium and phosphorous in almonds gives you strong and healthy bones, teeth and precludes age-related bone issues like arthritis.
Almonds for better immunity:
Riboflavin and fiber present in almonds gives you instant energy and rev up right metabolism.It provides greater immunity to fight diseases, due to its ability to increase antioxidants.
Almonds for elegance:
Regular use of almond oil removes acne, blemishes and moisturises dry skin. Vitamin E in Almond oil treats sun burns and protects skin from sun exposure.
Almonds have essential nutrients and vitamins (A and D) for healthier hair Growth. Almond oil prevents split ends and prevents from hair damage arising from dust and pollution.
History of Almond Day:
Origin and creator of National almond day are not known.