Almonds are the world’s most popular tree nuts and are enjoyed in various different ways. They’re highly nutritious for many different reasons, so if you don’t already include almonds in your diet, here are some reasons why you should.

Massive amounts of nutrients – Almonds contain fibre, protein, magnesium, and Vitamin E, to name a few. Just a small handful of almonds can give you a great boost.

Loaded with antioxidants – Almonds are a great source of antioxidants which may help protect against inflammation and diseases like cancer.

May assist with blood sugar control – Nuts are naturally low in carbs but high in healthy fats, protein and fibre. This makes them an ideal choice for people with diabetes.

May help lower cholesterol levels – Eating just one handful of almonds per day can assist in reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.

Almonds are certainly well worth incorporating into your diet. You can include them in muffins, smoothies, on top of yoghurt, through salads or use as a spread in the form of almond butter. Why not try a few less-heard of recipes, such as almond-crusted chicken, almond-chocolate chip cookies or cauliflower and almond soup?