Celebrate this Christmas mindfully with a handful of almonds!

 - Sakshi Post

Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most awaited celebrations of the year. As December comes, it is time for X-mas trees, jingling bells, caroling choirs and secret Santas. Starting from get-togethers and dinner parties, surprises, holidays and gifts, Christmas has something in store for everyone. Adding to this is the winter chill and the sweater-weather which makes it even more merry.

While Christmas is exciting for a number of reasons, the variety of lip-smacking scrumptious foods is what most of us look forward to. This year, make conscious and informed food choices and enjoy a merry and yet healthy Christmas.

Almonds are indeed a gift of good health which you can give to yourself, friends and family. Known to  contain a host of essential nutrients including vitamin E, protein, iron, riboflavin, manganese and folate amongst others, almonds are a nutritious and healthy snack. Nutritional benefits aside, almonds are crunchy nuts which can be paired with many food items. Christmas offers the opportunity to refresh your cooking style and try out newer recipes that are delicious and healthy.

According to Fitness and Celebrity instructor, Yasmin Karachiwala, “Festivals in general are a time for merriment and parties. It is also a time when many of us tend to neglect our diet and fitness schedule. An easy way to counter this, is to opt for healthier snacks like roasted or flavored almonds, fresh fruit or oatmeal which will help keep you satiated without adding empty calories.”

Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Sheela Krishnaswamy, said, “During Christmas time, the never-ending potlucks with friends and family make us indulge in rich, and calorie-laden food, which can take a toll on our health and fitness. A healthy substitute like almonds is what all of us need at this time. Research studies also suggest that nuts like almonds not only offer goodness in every bite but can also help manage your heart health and weight better.”

Renowned Indian film & television actress, Nisha Ganesh said, “Christmas is celebrated across the world where everyone reunites with their near and dear ones. This time calls for exchanging gifts and indulging in good food with our friends and family. However, keeping in mind our health and lifestyle, I am planning to include an assortment of almonds in all the Christmas gift hampers. Almonds are known to be a gift of good health and provide an array of nutrients like vitamin E, protein etc. that are good for our health.”

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