Almonds Have 20% Fewer Calories Than Expected

English: Shelled almonds (Prunus dulcis) Itali...

English: Shelled almonds (Prunus dulcis) Italiano: Mandorle sgusciate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are like me, you love snacking on almonds. Almonds and peanut butter (not together) are my weakness. So, when the latest version of “The Weekly Runner”, the newsletter from my running club, I was very happy to see this article!

Almonds Have 20% Fewer Calories Than Expected
Snacking on a 1-ounce handful of almonds might add only 129 calories to your diet – 24% fewer than previously thought. The recalculation by USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists may have implications for the calorie counts of other nuts as well as whole grains. The rigid structure of cell membranes in almonds (and possibly other plant foods) may lock in some fats and keep them from being digested, scientists said. That would explain why, when almonds were fed to 18 volunteers, an ounce didn’t deliver the expected 168-170 calories. Most calorie counts use the “Atwater general factor system,” developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which assigns calories per gram of carbohydrates (4), protein (4), fat (9) and alcohol (7). But if some of the fat in almonds never gets digested, the actual calorie impact would be lower; this would apply to whole almonds, researchers noted, while ground nuts might be more completely digested. The same ARS lab last year reported that pistachios contain 6% fewer calories than previously thought. – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
I think I may go have a handful now! Happy eating!

A Busy Weekend

 

It’s only 4pm on Saturday and already this has been a busy weekend!

Last night I got the chance to go out with my best friend, Tiffany. With the hubby and the kiddos at the beach, we took the opportunity to have a “girls’ night out”. We had dinner at Natty Greene’s, a fun local brewery.

Natty Greene’s

I had the. best. sandwich. ever. It was the Liberty –  a sandwich with thick slices of turkey breast with granny smith apple slices and a strawberry spread on sunflower bread. I’m not sure the exact makeup of the strawberry spread. The spread was not overpowering and I’m thinking it may have had a cream cheese base. It was awesome and I’ll definitely be heading back for another one soon!

After dinner we headed to another pub, McCoul’s. Tiffany enjoyed my services as DD and I enjoyed not feeling like crap this morning. How’s that head feeling, Tiff? 😉

After some convincing, I agreed to one picture…I’m not huge on having my picture taken. That’s me on the left and Tiffany on the right.

Enjoying a night out

So, after getting into bed close to 1am, I was determined to drag my butt out of bed and make myself run this morning. I got in about 2 miles. Considering my phone died (which means no GPS, no music, no interval timer), I was pretty satisfied.

Then I was off to the farmer’s market. I. Love. The. Farmer’s. Market. Where else can you get all this food for only $32?? And this picture doesn’t include the huge bag of corn I got for $5.

A little Diva shopping at PetSmart and then I headed home to clean the house and push mow the lawn.

So, all in all, a very busy weekend. What do I plan to do the rest of the weekend, you ask? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Happy Saturday!

-Kiwi

 

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