It is yet again the month that marks the beginning of the festive season, where families across the country prepare to celebrate the much-awaited festival of Raksha Bandhan. Honoring the bond between siblings, tying the ‘rakhi’ is symbolic of the love and trust siblings hold for each other, and look forward to this occasion to pamper each other with extravagant gifts. While preparations are in full swing, this is also the time to think deeply about the gifts one is sharing. Keeping in mind the health and wellness of our loved ones this Raksha Bandhan, let us strengthen our bonds to take better care of them by sharing a box full of health – a box full of almonds!
Almonds are a gift of good health as they are a source of key nutrients such as protein (6g), fiber (4g), “good” fats (9.5g), vitamin E (7.7mg), calcium (81mg), magnesium (81mg) and others in every handful (30g). Several research studies have also proven almonds beneficial with diabetes management, weight management, cardiovascular diseases, and other health problems. They are an energizing source of plant-based protein and can keep one satiated for a long time. Delicious and healthy, almonds can be served in a variety of ways – plain, roasted or flavored, or even as an ingredient in a recipe. By the health benefits that these nuts have to offer, almonds make for a perfect gifting option for our siblings this Raksha Bandhan.
Speaking about almonds as a healthy gifting option during festivities, Celebrity Fitness Instructor and Trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala said, “When it comes to festivities, exchanging sweets and dry fruits is a common gesture. However, in order to stay healthy, it is important to make mindful choices at every level. Hence, this Raksha Bandhan, instead of sharing some sugary or high calorie, low nutrient sweets, I would recommend sharing a box of assorted almonds with your siblings. Not only are almonds healthy and full of essential nutrients, but these nuts are also satiating, as they contain plant protein, fiber and “good” fat. By making such nutritious choices we can benefit our health in many ways in the long run.”
Integrative Nutritionist and Health Coach, Neha Ranglani said, “This Raksha Bandhan, it is important to put our learnings from the past to good use and kickstart a healthy festive season. I would recommend substituting mithai and chocolates with raw, roasted, lightly salted or flavoured almonds while sharing gifts with your siblings. Almonds are known to be nutrient-dense, which makes them a tasty and healthy snack that can be consumed anytime during the day. Additionally, almonds are a source of zinc which plays an important role in growth, development and maintenance of the immune function.”
Regional Head-Dietetics, Max Healthcare – Delhi, Ritika Samaddar said, “Almonds have been perceived as an auspicious gift traditionally, during festivals and special occasions. Gifting almonds is a sign of gifting good health as it embodies the care and concern of the gift giver. Gifts like almonds are an excellent choice as they will not only serve as a nutritious and delicious snack, but the gesture itself is representative of one’s interest in the overall health of your loved ones. Almonds are a source of nutrients such as vitamin E, dietary fiber, and protein amongst others. Studies also support that consuming a handful of almonds every day helps in maintaining heart health and better managing blood sugar levels. So, this Raksha Bandhan, I would recommend everyone to make mindful gifting choices and share a box of almonds with their siblings.”
Further, Sheela Krishnaswamy, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant said, “Raksha Bandhan is filled with celebration, ceremonies, shopping, and of course overconsumption of snacks and sweets. This festive season, I would urge you to evaluate and re-think the gifts you are sharing. Instead of sweets or fried treats, share almonds with your siblings, as they make for a thoughtful gift, which in the long run will add to their health. Besides this, almonds are a rich source of vitamin B2 or Riboflavin, a vitamin known for its role in energy production and converting food to fuel, making them an energizing snack for on the go!”