The role of almonds in good nutrition and physical and mental health

By Accredited Sports Dietitians Nicole Dynan and Holly Edstein

The role of diet in optimising mental health outcomes

Recent research has uncovered a link between diet quality and mental health. Diets high in ultra-processed packaged foods are linked to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, while diets rich in plants, fibre and unsaturated ‘good’ fats have been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression. This has implications for the health and wellbeing of all Australians, including adults, children, athletes and workplace teams.

Where do almonds fit in?

Almonds are a nutrient powerhouse and can boost the quality of any diet. They contain protein, zinc, vitamin E, unsaturated fats, polyphenols and fermentable dietary fibres that have prebiotic benefits. Prebiotics feed beneficial bacteria and help them to:

  • promote a healthy gut
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve absorption of nutrients
  • improve immunity, and
  • regulate mood

Almonds have been shown to promote these prebiotic benefits1 and contribute to a diet rich in plant diversity that supports mental health and wellbeing.

Download the article below to read more around the impacts of almonds on exercise and mental health.

Nut and Fruit Bar

The crunch of fresh nuts and the sweetness of dried fruit make this bar a delicious and nutritious snack. They are simple and quick, a great activity for the family to make.

Download the ‘Nut and Fruit Bar’ recipe below.

Granola

Low GI cereal or toasted granola with fresh fruit is a perfect go-to breakfast on weekdays – it’s healthy, filling and quick.

Download the ‘Granola’ recipe below.

Almond Bliss Balls

This recipe combines the protein of the almonds with the carbohydrate of the oats and dates making it a perfect combination as part of an athlete’s recovery.

Download the ‘Almond Bliss Ball’ recipe below.