Recipe of the Day: Celebrate Breakfast with the Crunch of Almonds

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 It’s not surprising that breakfast - known as the most important meal of the day - is often skipped thanks in large part to chaotic mornings that leave little time for making nutritious meals. 

A recent study published in the February 2011 issue of “Nutrition & Metabolism” by Dr. Mori, et al, found that eating a breakfast upgraded with almonds (a low glycemic index food) aided in stabilizing blood glucose levels for the better part of the day, while also keeping study participants satiated for a longer period of time. Read the article, “Acute and second-meal effects of almond form in impaired glucose tolerant adults: a randomized crossover trial” by Dr. Mori and her team, at www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/8/1/6.

In addition, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake come from unsaturated foods. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of fat and only 1g of saturated fat, so almonds are a healthy snack you can eat worry free. 

Here are some favorite almond breakfast ideas to help start the day right: 

* Top whole wheat toast with almond butter and sliced bananas.

* Add almonds to oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk topped with dried or fresh fruit.

* Sprinkle sliced almonds into your breakfast parfait layered with low-fat yogurt and fruit.

* Toss toasted, sliced almonds into scrambled eggs or a veggie omelet for an extra healthy boost.

* Dip half a banana into non-fat yogurt, then roll into chopped roasted almonds and oatmeal. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze overnight.

* Smooth rich almond butter onto apple slices and enjoy.

For more breakfast recipe ideas, tips from registered dieticians and the latest almond research visit www.AlmondBoard.com.