Almonds are technically a seed of a fruit called a drupe and are available throughout the year. They belong in the peach and cherry family and are grown on a medium-sized tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. The seed is so ancient that it is mentioned in texts as old as the Bible. Originally from western Asia and North Africa, almonds come in two forms: sweet and bitter, the latter of which are used only to produce oils and alcohols. For maximum health benefits, the sweet almonds are the focus of nutrition enthusiasts. 

The only thing "nuts" about almonds is the positive impact they have on the body. Almonds can help with weight loss; enjoy the seed in moderation, as it lowers the risk of weight gain and therefore is a great alternative for people struggling to lose some extra pounds. It’s also a great protector for the circulatory system and improves the fats in your blood, in conjunction with being a potent antioxidant. 

These seeds are nature's little reminder of the great potential found in the smallest places. Adding them to your meals packs a plethora of possibilities. Try adding sliced almonds into sautéed veggies alongside protein for a quick stir-fry; the delicately flavored almonds add an earthy taste and a satisfying crunch. Almond butter also is a great topping for fresh fruit. We make our almond butter in house and pair it with apple slices and celery for dipping. Almond butter can also be added to smoothies for an added richness and an unforgettably smooth texture.