Saturday, November 05, 2011
"The success of The Sonoma Diet is based on eating good foods, not avoiding them." Quote from the New Sonoma DIet Book! The Sonoma Diet was developed by Dr. Connie Gusterson, Registered dietician and PHD! What better diet guru than someone who knows about food! Sonoma eating is a way of life, not a short term diet where you have to eliminate half your favorite foods! Learn to eat them in a healthy way.
I've been talking about The Sonoma Diet since I've been on Spark and now I have returned to it and intend to achieve success! I started The Sonoma DIet Team here on Spark and I"m the team leader. We have 3 fledgling and excited members but I'm sure we will have more as people discover the benefits of flavorful eating! In order to help myself and to help my team, I'll be sharing SD information on my blogs! Together we can do this!
SD has a list of 12 Power Foods that are wonderful for your health in different ways!
They are: Almonds, Beans, Bell Peppers, Blueberries, Broccoli, Citrus, Grapes, Olive Oil, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Whole Grains!
Today I'm going to talk about Almonds! 11 almonds is a great snack on any diet! Did you know that in the United States, almonds are grown exclusively in California? I didn't. Almonds are relatively high in calories but the fat in almonds is primarily heart healthy monosaturated fat. This is the same fat found in olive oil, avocados and other nuts! According to SD, eating a handful of almonds daily can reduce LDL cholesterol, the bad stuff!
I love almonds and one of my favorite candies is Almond Joy. Of course I need to stay away from that but, almonds and dark chocolate are a great health food combo, both containing antioxidant flavonoids!
Have you ever tried EMERALD Cocoa Roast Almonds? Emerald nuts are sold in supermarkets. I found them originally in Sam's Club. 1 oz of cocoa roast almonds has 150 calories, 120 from the good fat, and they have 3 g of fiber and only 1 g of sugar. They have a sweet chocolate taste and a handful after dinner, can help to satisfy a craving for sweets! They are dry roasted and coated with a sprinkling of cocoa.
So look to almonds when you crave a crunch snack! I hope my readers enjoy learning about SD! Later.