The Trail Mix Trials
Feeding an Addiction or Feeding Your Face?

“If They’re Good Enough for Monks …

… They’re good enough for me.”

This is what my dear friend and co-worker Jimmy says to me almost every time I walk past his desk as he is extending his arm offering me some almonds from his jar. 

You know you want some.

You know you want some.

I’m pretty sure he’s getting a cut from the Almond Board of California, but I can’t prove it.

In addition to the statements about monks, he also tosses around lines, like:

“Every year they make the list of the top 10 super foods.”

“Mumbai terrorists were found after bombing missions with bags of almonds for energy.”  (disclaimer: Jimmy has no terrorist ambitions, he’s just driving home the point about sustained energy with almond consumption.)

You can’t deny his enthusiam. He’s a damn good salesman (for non-almond-related items as well).

Because I just had the pleasure of going to lunch with Jimmy, today’s post is in his honor. 

Almonds are a critical component in a good trail mix.  Taking what Jimmy tells me every day and doing a little research on my own, here’s why:

  • Almonds have more calcium than any other nut — 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving (about 23 almonds) (source: Mayo Clinic).
  • One serving of almonds provides half of your body’s Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin E (source: Mayo Clinic).
  • Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-friendly fats that are found in olive oil and have been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of developing heart conditions, mainly due to the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E (source: Softpedia).
  • A cup of almonds contains almost 99 mg of magnesium (24.7% of the recommended daily dose) and 257 mg of potassium (source: Softpedia).
  • Almonds have been proved to help us lose weight – and keep the pounds off once we’re off the diet as such.

“Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain (5 kg or more). These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardio-protective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain”, a recent study confirms (source: Softpedia).

The list goes on and on.  Next time you’re selecting your perfect trail mix, search for one that includes almonds.  Clearly almonds are a superior food, but they also taste great.

And a big thanks to Jimmy for making this one of the less challenging trials we’ve done thus far!

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2 Responses to ““If They’re Good Enough for Monks …”

  1. […] lending to my belief in its perfection, I gave a sample to my friend Jimmy (the almond pusher) and he gave me two thumbs up and a resounding […]

  2. […] list of favorite ingredients are almonds.  Please tell me you haven’t forgotten our favorite “almond pusher,” Jimmy.  Either you really took his post to heart, dear readers, or he went on there and voted multiple […]


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