Almonds are a protein rich food. Many times people ask how vegetarians and vegans get their protein from if they don’t eat meat. The truth is that there are an endless number of foods that provide protein and iron without having an animal origin. It’s true that the absorption and utilization may be different, yet it is not impossible to meet protein requirements from a diet based on fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Making a quick comparison 100 grams of almonds provide 22 grams of protein vs. 100 grams of whole milk (cow) provides 3.3 g of protein. The difference lies on serving sizes, since almonds portion does not resemble that of milk because of its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids. Almonds portion is 30 g or a heaping tablespoon vs whole milks portion which is a glass of 240 ml. Thus almonds portion provides 6.3 grams vs 7.2 grams in milks portion. Amazing right?
Thinking of a preparation using almond milk and whole almonds, I came up with this incredible smoothie. It’s a bit dense, but it certainly provides the energy required with a balanced diet for a long day, all through a unique flavor.
Almond Banana Smoothie (Serves 1)
1 medium banana
200 ml almond milk (or soy if you have almond)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon almonds
1 tablespoon almond cream (see below the one I used, it’s available in health food markets or biological markets. I you don’t have it you can omit it, or get creative!)
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