Food for Runners: A-L-M-O-N-D-S

>> Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I wrote about my first experience making homemade almond milk on Friday. Since then, I've made it three more times! Each batch more delicious than the last. I'm even drinking it as I write this post.

Which got me thinking about almonds.

What a great food for runners! And as a vegetarian (yeah -- last year's fish-eating experiment didn't last more than three servings before I discovered I just couldn't do it), I need all the extra protein I can get.

Almonds are "loaded with vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium." And just "one serving can help reduce muscle damage, strengthen your bones, and boost energy to power through a run." (Source)

Though plant foods aren't as high in protein as many animal counterparts, "almonds are a very good protein source. One ounce of dry-roasted, salted almonds contains six grams of protein." (Source)

"Almonds are one of the foods not derived from animals that contain a large amount of calcium." In fact, "they contain higher levels of calcium than any other nut." (Source)

I had always heard that almonds are a good source of Omega-3s, but in all the resources I found, that isn't necessarily the case. Walnuts are a better bet if you're looking for that.

Here are some of our favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

How to make Almond Milk at home
Ashley's Maple-Cinnamon Almond Butter
Marta's Yogurt w/ Toasted Quinoa, Almonds, Dates
Kelsey's Super Green Smoothie w/ Almond Milk
Our Sweet Chili Granola
Carrie's Almond Flour Banana Muffins
Cavewoman's Paleo Almond Flour Pancakes
Sharmilee's Cilantro-Almond Pesto
Katie's Pan Roasted Broccoli w/ Almonds
Kathryn's Coconut Curry Veggies w/ Almonds
Esi's Lemon-Scented Grain Salad w/ Almonds, Asparagus, and Feta
Erin's Arugula Salad w/ Almonds, Peaches, etc.
Our Maple-Almond Cookies
Andrea and Paul's Seared and Poached Apples w/ Ground Almonds
Joanne's Pumpkin-Almond Cake w/ Almond Frosting

Do you have a favorite way you use almonds in cooking and baking?

Don't forget to read up on these other healthy ingredients:

Food for Runners: B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Food for Runners: G-A-R-L-I-C
Food for Runners: Q-U-I-N-O-A
Food for Runners: K-A-L-E
Food for Runners: B-E-R-R-I-E-S
Food for Runners: E-G-G-S
Food for Runners: C-U-C-U-M-B-E-R-S
Food for Runners: P-U-M-P-K-I-N

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