Looking for a tasty and nutritious snack to keep you going while exploring the outdoors? There’s nothing we love more than staying energized and healthy while adventuring. Read on to discover our 5 favorite reasons why almonds should be the snack you take on every adventure.
Our Almond Credentials
Okay, we might be a little biased. We love almonds (probably more than most). Why else would we go into the almond business? The truth is, we’re in the business for a reason. Almonds are incredibly healthy and taste delicious, and we love sharing our passion for almonds with anyone looking for a nutritious snack. I mean heck, they’re the most consumed tree nut in the world for a reason, right?
Five Reasons Why Almonds Should Be Your Go To Adventure Snack
1. Packaged for Packing
Almonds aren’t high maintenance. They don’t need prepping or require a refrigerator, and even better, you can cram them into your backpack without compromising that delicious crunch we all crave on the trail. Many whole foods require a bit of preparation before chowing down or are prone to get bruised at the bottom of your backpack. Not almonds. Plus, Heart Ridge Farms almonds are conveniently available in multiple sizes, so you can pack and prepare for the adventure at hand. Also, we’re big fans of the 7 Leave No Trace Principles here at Heart Ridge Farms. When you’re finished devouring one of our resealable 1 lb. bags, you can utilize them as trash bags!
2. Decrease hunger
Whether you’re exploring the city or climbing a mountain, getting outside can leave you hungry. Almonds fill you up even when you consume a small amount. This stems from their heart-healthy fats and plant-based proteins (14 grams of healthy fats and 6 grams of protein per serving to be exact), which, when working together, diminish your cravings and keep your mind on your adventure! Almonds also have about 3.5 grams of fiber per serving, which keeps you feeling full for longer.
3. They’re almost too versatile
One of our favorite things about almonds is their versatility. Want to eat them plain? Great! We’ve got you covered. Or, you can spice things up and munch on one of our 16 flavors, like Wasabi Garlic Onion or Habanero Barbecue. Delicious! We also love sprinkling them on camping pasta dishes or on top of a fresh salad after a long weekend adventure. Nothing tastes better. Of course, you can always create your own trail gorp, and mix them in with dried fruit and chocolate. The possibilities are endless. Almonds add pizzaz and protein to meals that might not have been very exciting, and that’s something we can get behind.
4. Long-term Health
When you grab a handful of almonds, you aren’t just satisfying your current cravings. Almonds are packed with antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Along with helping shielding cells and skin against aging and diseases like cancer, antioxidants from almonds can also help protect against inflammation. The vitamins and antioxidants in almonds also work to protect your arteries against plaque buildup which can lead to heart disease. With all of these long-term benefits, your future self will thank you for grabbing a handful of almonds next time you’re hungry.
5. A Small Amount Packs a Big Punch
To add another superpower to these tiny but mighty nuts, with just one ounce being one serving, almonds give you a good dose of calories and other vitamins. From just a handful of almonds, you get 161 calories of healthy fats as well as Vitamin E (which acts as an antioxidant in the body), Manganese (helps protein and amino acid digestion, and metabolizes cholesterol), and Magnesium (helps regulate muscle function and blood sugar levels) to name a few. This means that you chew less and adventure more, ensuring your body gets enough calories to keep you performing at your best from just a small number of almonds.
The number of options for adventure snacks can sometimes be overwhelming. From protein bars to unidentifiable liquids in pouches, it’s hard to narrow down which can offer a healthy dose of vitamins and energy while keeping you healthy long-term. We hope that this list helps you narrow down your list of adventure snacks to include almonds: the ultimate healthy, whole food. Happy adventuring!