What Do Almonds, the President, and Discipline Have in Common?

Healthy snacking is no simple task, but President Obama is disciplined when it comes to eating almonds.

Media Miscommunication

This sounds like a joke, right? Well, it kind of was until the President chimed in to clarify. Michelle Obama and the White House Chef were discussing Barrack’s late-night eating habits. Michelle told the interviewing reporter that his favorite snack was almonds. She added, “…he has just seven almonds. That’s it.” He’s just that disciplined.

The President thought his wife’s quote sound a little too obsessive-compulsive about his snacking. And it was. She was ribbing him, trying to get him to loosen up a bit. It worked.

Discipline Undeniable

President Obama avoids junk food, soda, chips, and cake. The original reporter was trying to convey how the president stays food-disciplined even while working into the wee hours of the night. Late evening, unhealthy snacking is an easy go-to if you don’t possess a willingness and discipline to keep the healthy course. We’ve all been there.

Why Almonds?

Almonds have an ability to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. Consumption of almonds has also shown to help prevent gallstones. They are a significant source of protein and fiber.

Almonds are rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also possess a wealth of vitamin E. They are low in sugar and have no cholesterol. Almonds offer the good fat. Almonds have over 80 nutrients. Here’s an in-depth link for almonds’ nutritional profile.

You can eat almonds plain and raw, sliver them into salads, or drop a few into your trail mix. There’s almond butter, which is delicious spread over a banana. Almond milk can be used in baking, coffee, and in your bowl of cereal. Almond oil is fabulous to cook with and can even be used as a skin moisturizer. Its uses and ways to consume its nutrients are endless.

The Take Away

As with any food, healthy or not, too much of it can have unwanted results. Eat almonds daily in moderation. Seven, like President Obama, is a reasonable number. But, sometimes you have to loosen up and splurge on a handful.

President Obama even offered the reporter a statement of endorsement. “You know, almonds are a good snack; I strongly recommend them.”

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