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NATIONAL ALMOND DAY - February 16

NATIONAL ALMOND DAY – February 16

NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

On February 16th each year, National Almond Day recognizes the versatile and healthful almond. 

Whether you are eating them by themselves, using almond milk, pasta, flour, butter, oil or meal, almonds offer a delicious flavor along with many health benefits. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market, packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fiber.

  • According to a survey of 500 health professionals, almonds may be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
  • Recent research from Purdue University suggests that eating almonds can help people feel satisfied for several hours, which can support weight management and counter weight gain.
  • Eighty percent of the world’s almonds are grown in California.

For more information you can visit:
http://www.almonds.com/  and http://www.nationalalmondday.com/

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAlmondDay

There are so many ways we can celebrate almonds. Whether we just snack on them or go all out and bake with them, it will be a worthy celebration. We also have several other suggestions for you to try:

  • Collect a variety of seasoned, roasted almonds and enjoy a taste test. Which is your favorite? Toasted, smoked, spicy, or sweet?
  • Step into the kitchen and add almonds to your savory cooking. They add flavor to your meats, sauces, and salads.
  • Try almond butter for an alternative spread or mixed into dips.
  • Create a sweet dessert or healthy substitute using almonds.

You may want to try one of the following almond recipes:

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds
Asparagus with Sliced Almonds and Parmesan Cheese

Use #NationalAlmondDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ALMOND DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Almond Day.


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February 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1923

The English archaeologist Howard Carter opens King Tutankhamen’s ancient Egyptian burial chamber.

1937

U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 2,071,250 for nylon to E.I. du Pont De Nemours & Company.

1968

Senator Rankin Fite of Alabama demonstrates the first 911 emergency telephone system in Haleyville.

1994

Dr. Ruben Quintero performed the first endoscopic fetal surgery.

February 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Edgar Bergen – 1903

The American comedian is best known for creating the puppet characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd through his ventriloquist comedy acts.

Vera Menchik – 1906

The world champion chess player became the first woman to compete against men during international tournament play.

LaVar Burton – 1957

The American actor and director is best known for hosting Reading Rainbow on PBS and starring as Geordi La Forge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and films.

John McEnroe – 1959

During the 1980s, McEnroe stormed the courts against Björn Borg while building a dominating tennis career.

Notable Mentions

Elizabeth Craig – 1883
Richard M. McDonald – 1909
Sonny Bono – 1935
Margaux Hemingway- 1955
James Ingram – 1956
Ice-T – 1957
The Weekend – 1990