Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Going a bit nutty

So, for the last three weeks I've been going a bit nuts.
In that, I've been seeing whether a portion of almonds a day for 21 days to see if there's any difference in my life.
So, the first difference was the contents of my handbag:
A handy little tin has become a new feature which fits the recommended daily amount of almonds!
This may seem inconsequential- it's not, one day I just took the almonds in a packet. They got squashed. Squashed almonds don't taste quite as nice.

I also love the fact that California Almonds provide the tip that the daily amount (23 almonds= 30 grams) fits perfectly on a 3x3 post it note.
Working from home days have become a lot more entertaining as my first task is to fit them on the note, and I spend the day trying to pace myself eating them- rewarding myself for each task completed.

And, for anyone who loves almonds in food, we've also had a bit of fun trying to concoct new recipes.
I love almond croissants from Costa, I've used a packet or two trying to make an almond paste... quite unsuccessfully.
Mr J on the other hand has been adding almonds to his curries, with a great deal more success.

So, after three weeks, what can I say?
Has my life changed for the better?
Has it improved?

It's made some aspects better, and probably hasn't changed others.

If you're anything like me, half way through meetings you might get a bit bored, a bit distracted, and thoughts of a sugar-fix feature heavily in your new found priority list.
I have felt a lot better turning to a handful of almonds rather than a couple of biscuits or a pastry.
It's a little thing, and I know something like this will take time to see the difference, but I do feel better in myself not having had the sugar fix which I didn't really need.

Becoming aware of how much nicer food is with almonds in.
A silly one, but it's one of those ingredients you don't really think about.
Again, not really improved my life, but a good one to appreciate.

Because here's the thing.
Unlike my sugary food faves and crisps, almonds are good for you.
They're good for your heart, your diet, full of protein and vitamin E, and a whole wealth of other benefits which means they are better part of your life... than most other snacks.

And oddly, when I told my dad, he says he puts his well being down to his amazing breakfast (a handful of grapes and almonds)- the one that we thought he was mad for having the last twenty years.
It looks like he has a point.

And where am I at the end of the three weeks?
I will be making a concerted effort to snack more healthily.
Both with almonds and fruit.
I will ensure my pastry of choice is the almond croissant from Costa.
And I suspect Mr J will continue to add almonds to his favourite recipes.

Disclaimer: California Almonds has asked me to take part in the Snack Happy Challenge. They have provided me with all I need to complete the challenge. For more information about healthy snacking please visit www.AlmondBoard.co.uk

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