MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Almond Day on February 16, California Almonds and nutrition expert, Registered Dietitian Katie Cavuto, are teaming up to offer "16 Days to a Better You" wellness tips and recipes, inspiring everyone to make better food choices while rejuvenating their body, enhancing their mind and protecting the earth. From February 1-16, 2016 check out California Almonds' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for lifestyle tips and craveable, heart-smart almond recipes to revamp your everyday routine, plus a chance to win our "16 Days to a Better You" prize package.
Katie Cavuto, culinary nutrition expert and dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers, knows the importance of consuming quality foods and eating mindfully. "Almonds have so many positive attributes," says Cavuto, "Not only are almonds nutrient dense, they provide plant based proteins and fats which are nourishing and satisfying! The versatility of almonds makes them ideal to incorporate into your daily routine, snacks, recipes and meal plans."
Almond Day falls in February, which is also American Heart Health Month, providing another great reason to celebrate almonds. Good news about almonds and heart health: scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of almonds provides 6 grams of hunger-fighting protein, 4 grams of filling fiber and 13 grams of good, unsaturated fat.
Regardless of where people may be on their journey towards improved health and well-being, Cavuto's "16 Days to a Better You" almond recipes and lifestyle tips for the mind, body and earth can enhance the quality of anyone's health, with tips such as:
- Eat a handful of almonds. It can be difficult to keep your mind focused on an empty stomach and almonds are the perfect snack to stave off hunger
- Incorporate plant-based proteins into your meals. "Meatless" meals often feature plant based proteins, like almonds which contain good, unsaturated fats that offer many health benefits1
- Learn to savor each bite. When you eat mindfully and delight in the experience, you will feel more satisfied with a smaller portion of your favorite foods
By using #MyChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, consumers have the opportunity to share how they are improving their overall well-being on their health journey.
From February 1-16, 2016 California Almonds' social media followers are encouraged to share how they incorporate almonds in their favorite recipes or daily routine while tagging California Almonds for a chance to win our "16 Days to a Better You" prize package, which includes a Fitbit, almond tins, bag, snack packs and a full list of our "16 Days to a Better You" tips and recipes. Visit Almonds.com/AlmondDay for more information, tips and recipes.
About Katie Cavuto
A Philadelphia-based registered dietitian and wellness advocate, Katie believes that health is about more than what you eat. She aims to inspire people to live well through messages of self-love, food enjoyment, mindfulness and sustainable, conscious living. Katie appears in regular nutrition and cooking segments on local and national TV. Her writing and recipes have been showcased nationally in O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle and more. Katie is the dietitian for the Philadelphia Flyers and Phillies and was awarded Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Her first cookbook is being published by the American Diabetes Association in late summer of 2016. For recipes and wellness tips visit her blog www.nourishbreathethrive.com.
About California Almonds
Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.
1 Good news about almonds and heart health. Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.
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