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Amazing Almonds and Outstanding Oats

Praised for their health benefits, almonds and oats make a super boost to a daily diet. See our suggestions — then share your favorite ways to add these "super foods" as part of the St. Ives Naturally Joyful challenge!

Almonds stave off heart disease and help lower bad cholesterol. The unblanched type has the most nutrients like vitamin E and magnesium.

• Enjoy 12 to 15 nuts as a snack (around 100 calories and 10 grams of fat).
• Add sliced or toasted almonds into your favorite dishes including salads or steamed vegetables.
• Make your own almond butter by grinding whole nuts in a food processor and dipping fruits and veggies into a one-tablespoon serving.

Packed with calcium, iron, antioxidants, and essential vitamins, oatmeal is a high-fiber, low-fat treat that lowers blood cholesterol levels, aids with digestion, and improves metabolism.

• Opt for steel-cut or old-fashioned oats with no additives to start the morning.
• Toss oats into cereal or Greek yogurt for a sweet addition.
• Make muesli by mixing 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup nonfat milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and dried fruits as desired. Cover and refrigerate overnight for a hearty, no-cook meal.

To learn how these two foods can help your skin this Winter, read more.

Sweet almond oil (found in St. Ives Deep Restoring 24-Hour Moisture Body Lotion) relieves dryness, and oats (like in St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion) boast anti-inflammatory properties.

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