SOURCE: Almond Board of California

September 28, 2011 06:14 ET

Celebrate National Breakfast Month With a Crunch of Almonds

MODESTO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - Breakfast is the one meal of the day everyone -- from your grandmother to your family doctor -- warns you not to skip. Sure, people have their reasons: Too busy, not hungry, slept in or maybe just stuck in the proverbial breakfast rut. It happens.

But it's a good time to remember that breakfast didn't earn the title of "most important meal of the day" for nothing.

Adding almonds to breakfast is just the extra boost a bowl of cereal; a cup of low-fat yogurt or a slice of whole wheat toast needs to go from good to even better. In fact, in a recent study released in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, February 2011 by Dr. Mori, et al, it was 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. 1 2

Cynthia Sass, Registered Dietitian and New York Times Best Selling author of "Cinch! Conquer Cravings and Lose Inches" recommends a nutritious breakfast should include whole grains, lean protein, fruit and her favorite: almonds.

"My first tip when I counsel people is to get them started on breakfast. Something is better than nothing. People may think skipping breakfast means saving calories, but in fact it forces your body to work when it doesn't have fuel, which can result in a sluggish metabolism," Sass explains. "Even if you aren't hungry, train your body to eat something in the morning. People tend to eat fewer calories and make healthier choices throughout the day when they start with breakfast."

Here are some favorite almond breakfast ideas to make it easier to start the day right:

  • Whole wheat toast with almond butter and topped with sliced bananas
  • Oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk topped with dried or fresh fruit and almonds
  • Breakfast parfait layered with low-fat yogurt, fruit and sliced almonds
  • Toss sliced almonds to scrambled eggs or a veggie omelet for a healthy boost
  • Dip a half-banana into non-fat yogurt and roll into chopped roasted almonds and oatmeal, wrap in parchment paper and freeze overnight.
  • Apple slices with almond butter and a glass of milk

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

About California Almonds
Consumers all over the world enjoy California Almonds as a natural, wholesome and quality food product, making almonds California's leading agricultural export in terms of value. 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 California Almond growers and processors, 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 Almond Board of California or almonds, visit AlmondBoard.com.

1 Alisa M Mori, Robert V. Considine and Richard D Mattes,* Acute and second-meal effects of almond form in impaired glucose tolerant adults: a randomized crossover trial; Nutrition & Metabolism, 2011, www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/8/1/6

2 Good news about fat. U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of fat and only 1g of saturated fat.

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