Health Benefits of Eating Almonds and Anjeer in the Morning
Ask any person what their favourite part of the day is, and their quick reply will be early mornings; before the world wakes up, enjoying their cup of tea or coffee in peace. There is something magical about this time, and it is rejuvenating. The time to assimilate, collect and prepare ourselves for the challenges of the day ahead.
But, as refreshing as that cup of tea or coffee with toast or biscuit may seem first thing in the morning, it is an unhealthy practice. Having tea or coffee on an empty stomach raises your acidity levels, causes heartburn and indigestion. So you may be doing it for that kick of much-needed energy, but what it does is kick your system in the gut.
So what’s the right thing to do in the morning?
No, we are not asking you to sacrifice your grail of rejuvenation, but to make a simple change beginning with eating dry fruits and nuts in the morning and then following your usual routine.
A] Benefits of Eating Almonds in the Morning
Almond is a healthy nut that is nutritious, delicious, and healthy. There are many health benefits of eating almonds daily in the morning, so you can start your day with 5-6 almonds that have been soaked overnight. Why soak almonds overnight? Soaked almonds are easier to digest as they are soft, which leads to better absorption of essential nutrients. Also, on an empty stomach, our bodies can absorb the two vital brain nutrients present in almonds, Riboflavin and L-Carnitine.
Packed with nutrients :
Almonds are the edible seeds of the almond tree (Prunus dulcis). They are loaded with numerous nutrients offering protein, vitamin E, magnesium, fibre, calcium, zinc, etc. Improved energy levels is one of the best benefits of eating almonds daily in the morning. Almonds are also loaded with antioxidants, which helps reduce oxidative stress.
Makes you energetic :
Almonds help sustain energy throughout the day, making them a great snack for children and adults. They are one of the most nutrient-rich tree nuts offering essential vitamins and minerals that help keep fatigue and lethargy away.
Effective for weight loss :
If you are looking at staying fitter and toning your body, then almonds aid in increasing your metabolism and help with weight loss. Almonds contain healthy fats that help reduce & maintain the overall body mass index (BMI). They can help curb hunger pangs by keeping you satiated for longer, which aids in weight loss. However, note that almonds are a calorie-dense food, so you should be mindful while eating them.
Beneficial for skin and hair :
Well for starters, it is a fantastic source of antioxidants that keeps your skin looking young and protects your cells from damage. Almonds are also rich in vitamin E - a vitamin that is great for hair and skin. Eating almonds can help nourish your skin, making it supple and smooth. It also has omega fatty acids and minerals that help improve your eyesight and alleviates eye stress, making it an excellent choice for individuals who work on the computer all day long. Almonds also promote healthy hair growth, making your hair strong and shiny. What’s more, it can prevent dandruff and inflammation.
Assist with blood sugar control :
Almonds are high in healthy fats, protein, fibre and low in carbs, making them a healthy snack for diabetic people. They also contain a remarkably high amount of magnesium, a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control. The current recommended dietary allowance for humans for magnesium is 310–420 mg. 150 mg of this vital mineral is provided by only 2 ounces of almonds.
Since people with type-2 diabetes lack magnesium, consuming almonds help in correcting this deficiency by significantly lowering blood sugar levels and improving insulin function. Individuals who eat almonds daily see an improved reduction in insulin resistance. This indicates that almonds may prevent metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.
Improves cholesterol :
Almonds are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower LDL cholesterol. It also helps regulate your blood pressure, thereby lowering the risk of heart complications. Moreover, being high in vitamin E, almonds can help boost your immune system, preventing infections.
Further reading : How to make date balls with almonds and walnuts
B] Benefits of Eating Anjeer in the Morning
Dry figs - also called Anjeer - belong to the mulberry family and is a delicious dry fruit with high fibre content and an excellent source of calcium. Soaking figs in water also helps the body to absorb its nutrients better.
Below is a quick list of the health benefits of anjeer.
Maintains blood sugar levels :
Anjeer has high amounts of potassium and chlorogenic acid that helps maintain and regulate the blood sugar levels in the body. Eating soaked figs helps control blood glucose levels in individuals with type-2 diabetes. Apart from eating them whole, Anjeer can be chopped and added to salads, smoothies, cornflakes or oats.
Beneficial for reproductive health :
Anjeer is a powerhouse of minerals like zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium that can help promote reproductive health. It also has a high concentration of antioxidants and fibre, which helps prevent hormonal imbalances and post-menopausal issues. Anjeer is also a good choice for women suffering from PMS problems.
Boosts heart health :
Anjeer is a heart-friendly food with antioxidants that helps regulate blood pressure and eliminates free radicals. This can help prevent blockage of coronary arteries. Figs also lower triglycerides in the body, which is one of the major causes of cardiovascular problems.
Prevents constipation :
This is another top health benefit of anjeer. Since Anjeer is fibre-rich, it helps prevent constipation. In addition, they are an exceptional source of prebiotics, which helps make your gut healthier.
Good for healthy bones :
Minerals that improve bone density are calcium and potassium. Figs are a rich source of both and can help prevent conditions like osteoporosis. An increase in calcium intake can also help improve bone mineral structure in adolescents and children. Since our body can’t produce calcium on its own, eating foods rich in calcium like anjeer, milk, soy, green leafy vegetables is recommended.
Loaded with antioxidants :
Anjeer, especially those that are ripe, are rich in an antioxidant called polyphenols - a protective plant compound. They help prevent oxygen from reacting with other chemicals in the body, thereby protecting the cells and tissues from damage.
So for all of you out there, especially mothers 'Jiski tvacha se umra ka pata nahi chalta' and for mothers, 'Jo sab janti hai', eat those almonds and anjeer as you prepare your grail of tea or coffee in the mornings.
The tradition and wisdom of eating soaked almonds and anjeer is passed down to us from our Nanis and Dadis. It is no wonder that mothers across generations have been proponents of this habit. Yes, we are living in times of Keto and Paleo, but the secret to good health is no secret. Sometimes we need to rewind, reflect and look into our traditions. It is here, in the Indian kitchen, that lies the many pearls of hidden wisdom.