6 February 2023, India: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for your loved one. While flowers and chocolates are traditional choices, this year, consider gifting something that not only shows your love and affection but also promotes good health and wellness. Almonds, with their numerous health benefits, make for a thoughtful and unique gift for your special someone.
Almonds are a natural source of 15 nutrients such as Zinc, folate, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, etc., and offer a host of benefits to support heart health,, skin health, and weight management, in addition to helping manage blood sugar. So this Valentine’s Day, show your love and appreciation with a gift that is both thoughtful and healthy. Your loved one will be sure to appreciate the gesture and the health benefits that come along with almonds.
Commenting on the occasion, leading Bollywood actress, Soha Ali Khan said, “Valentine’s Day is a special occasion to show love and affection to our dear ones. I believe that gifting almonds on Valentine’s Day is a perfect way to show your special ones that you care about their health and well-being. Almonds possess several nutrients and are also a rich source of copper, Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin B2, magnesium, and phosphorus which help in leading a healthy life. In fact, Almonds are a low-glycemic index (GI) food, with high fiber, unsaturated fat, and low carbohydrate content. According to research, consuming them daily leads to better health in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. In addition to this, almonds also contain immunity-supporting nutrients like zinc, iron, folate, etc., making the receiver appreciate the thought behind such a gift and enjoy the nourishment that almonds provide.”
Integrative Nutritionist and Health Coach, Neha Ranglani said, “Almonds are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. Not only are they a symbol of love, but they come with heart-healthy benefits. Snacking on almonds helps to reduce central adiposity (belly fat) and waist circumference, all well-established risk factors for heart disease. In addition to this, consuming almonds results in better post-meal blood sugar regulation and better preservation of good HDL cholesterol levels. Whether you’re snacking on them, adding them to a romantic dinner recipe, or giving them as a thoughtful gift, almonds are sure to please any loved one. Almonds, a rich source of protein and high in dietary fiber, also help manage dyslipidemia by reducing total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol. So, this Valentine’s Day, show that special someone just how much you care by giving the gift of almonds.“
According to well-known fitness and Celebrity instructor, Yasmin Karachiwala, “Valentine’s Day is the right time to celebrate the love for your close and dear ones. I feel that instead of celebrating this day by going out for a fancy dinner or splurging out on a vacation, a thoughtful idea is to give your special ones a gift that will add to their overall health and well-being. This could simply be done by purchasing a Pilates class membership for you and your loved one, or a gym membership, or pushing them to take better care of themselves and working out with them regularly. Along with a regular fitness routine, diet plays a crucial role in a healthy lifestyle, so be sure to gift almonds with them, as they make for the perfect pre or post-workout food. Almonds are known to provide energy from good fats and also contain satiating properties which promote a feeling of fullness, that may aid in the journey to fitness. According to a study, consuming almonds during the day helps in reducing post-exercise fatigue, retaining strength, and decreasing muscle damage. I would recommend adding almonds to sports nutrition strategies to help recover better from exercise and experience improved mood states. Committing to your loved one’s fitness is one of the best gifts you could offer them on Valentine’s Day.”
Speaking on adding the goodness of almonds in Valentine’s Day desserts, Chef Saransh Goila said, “Incorporating almonds into Valentine’s Day desserts are a perfect way to show your loved ones how much you care about both – their health and taste. Almonds are not only a natural source of zinc, iron, and calcium, but they also add a delicious crunch and nutty flavor to any dish. Almonds are also a rich source of protein, a nutrient that is not only energy-yielding but also known to contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Keeping the various health benefits of almonds in mind, for this year, my go-to Valentine’s Day dessert is an almond chocolate truffle, which is easy to make and packed with the goodness of almonds. So, let’s cook up some love with almonds this Valentine’s Day.”
So, let’s make this Valentine’s Day a little more special with thoughtful gifts like almonds!