Almonds: The Perfect Snack
Healthy Snacking with Almonds: Why We Recommend them
Those who are currently enrolled in our AgeLess Weight Management Program already know that we like to recommend almonds as a snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch. Sometimes we’re asked why, and the short answer is that it’s important to have some protein in the morning to help keep hunger at bay until lunchtime. At around 6 grams per ounce (approximately 28 nuts) almonds are not only a great source of protein, which helps you feel full, they are also a good source of healthy fats. While they are in fact high in fat, 14g on average, 9g of those fats are monounsaturated or, “good” fats. We need fat in our diet, and if we didn’t add it to the menu, it could cause cravings for fat that may be satisfied with other foods that perhaps aren’t so healthy. So an ounce of almonds in the morning serves a dual purpose for those doing our diet.
That was the short answer. Now let’s take a closer look at almonds as a healthy snack.
What About All The Calories in Almonds?
Some people question almonds as a snack, citing the calorie count in one ounce, which is an average of 170 cal. However, a study done in 2012 determined that when eaten whole, we may not absorb all of those calories. This is due to the tough cell structure of the almond’s cell membrane, which is where the fiber is, keeping the body from absorbing all the fats. Researchers found the body was unable to digest the almonds completely until they reached the lower digestive tract. However that is past the point where the remaining calories and fats could be absorbed. So instead of 170 calories as previously thought, studies showed we probably only absorb about 129 calories.
The combination of being high in fiber and protein make almonds a great snack for those who are trying to lose weight with some studies suggesting they promote good metabolism. However there’s one caveat, and that is because they taste so good they can be a problem for those who are prone to mindlessly snacking. Even too much of a good thing such as almonds can be a problem, so be sure to measure out an ounce and jot just keep reaching into the bag.
Almonds Have Even More Benefits…
Not only are almonds good for those looking to lose weight, but they’re also beneficial for those just looking to improve their overall health. In addition to being a great source of anti-oxidants, almonds are high in magnesium which is considered beneficial in preventing health problems like high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes.
Want even more specifics? How about the fact that the Vitamin E content in almonds can help your overall skin health? The Probiotic properties of almonds can aid in your digestion as well. For another amazing, fact-filled article about the benefits of almonds, check out the Dr.Axe website and specifically the article: The 9 Amazing Benefits of Almond Nutrition.
What Varieties Of Almonds Are Best For Healthy Snacking?
Occasionally someone will ask what kind of almonds they can have, or if they can have cocoa dusted almonds. After being asked several times I decided to do a comparison between plain almonds and some of the more popular flavored almonds. For this comparison I used the Blue Diamond brand since I am familiar with their product and what I found was that there was very little difference in the varieties. Of course one should always look at the label, but for example here’s a comparison of a couple varieties:
Almond Varieties: A Nutritional Breakdown
Whole Natural Almonds:
160 cal., 6g carbs, 14g total fats
Roasted and Salted Almonds :
170 cal., 5g carbs, 16g total fats
170 cal., 5g carbs, 16g total fats
( Note, they are higher in sodium due to the smoke flavoring )
Dark Chocolate Dusted:
160 cal., 9g carbs, 13g total fats
There’s a large variety of flavorings with more coming out every day. This is a great way to give yourself a change of pace so long as you’re looking at the nutritional information to make sure it’s not loaded with added sugars and fats.
So if you’re on the go or maybe you feel a little hungry between meals be sure to keep a small bag with an ounce of almonds in it. It’s a healthy snack loaded with nutrition and will keep you going until your next meal !
3 Reasons You NEED A Hot Stone Massage
AgeLess SPA offers Hot Stone Massage in our Horseheads, NY and Corning, NY locations
The first time you heard the phrase “hot stone massage” did you visualize some medieval dungeon where you would be subjected to red-hot rocks covering your body? If uncertainty has kept you from indulging in this style of Massage, you’ve been missing out on one of most relaxing, invigorating spa experiences available.
As with any of our massages, our Licensed Massage Therapist will consult with you first to determine any concerns you have. Because Hot Stone Massage focuses on specific areas of the body — acupressure points — your therapist will want to know if you’ve been experiencing pain or discomfort in any particular areas prior to your visit. This will ensure your Hot Stone Massage experience is customized to meet your unique needs.
So why should you choose a Hot Stone Massage over other types of Massage? Well, this modality may not be right for everyone, although as this article explains, they are gaining widespread popularity among spa-goers. Here are three benefits of this therapeutic experience for you to consider when making your choice:
1. Hot Stone Massage Is About Targeted Pressure
Our Licensed Massage Therapists are and trained in the art of giving a hot stone massage and make no mistake about it, it’s an art. They understand the human body and will place the stones in the ideal areas to reach your acupressure points and offer you maximum relief.
2. Hot Stone Massage Is About The Power Of Heat
If you’ve ever used a hot water bottle or a heating pad on a sore muscle, you know the relief it can bring. Now imagine having one of our Therapists use hot stones to massage your aching body, the smooth stones offering deep, penetrating heat as they unlock your tight muscles. While the stones are initially placed on your pressure points, the therapist will also use select stones to massage your body, transferring the heat from the stones to you, with results that will melt away your stress and pain.
3. Hot Stone Massage Is About Improved Circulation
Strategically placed hot stones open the blood vessels in your body, increasing the flow of blood through your system. This improved circulation can relieve pain, but also increase your energy, promote healthier skin, and better equip your body to fight illness. Proper blood flow in your body is critical to your overall health and a hot stone massage can greatly improve your circulation.
Still Have Questions About Hot Stone Massage?
Still have questions? As with all of our spa treatments, our staff is available to answer your questions and assist you in making the best choice for your next visit.
Also, for an overview of the other massage modalities we offer here in our Horseheads, NY location, visit our massage page HERE
If you live closer to our Corning, NY location – we offer the same massage modalities but here is a link to that page on our AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel massage page – this link will open in a new tab for your convenience.
AgeLess LLC, Integrative Medical Spa
offers Hot Stone Massage Therapy at our Horseheads, NY location:
3300 Chambers Rd #5238
Call Us At: (607) 846-3962
AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel Corning
offers Hot Stone Massage Therapy at our Corning, NY location:
130 E Tioga Ave
Call Us At: (607) 684-6121
The Story Behind AgeLess SPA
AgeLess SPA – an idea is born
Explain how the idea of AgeLess SPA came about? The idea of AgeLess was born like any other great idea. It was born in the kitchen, where all great ideas come from, when
Dr. Mike Cilip and his wife Shelly wanted to create a fresh and exciting new adventure
that this area had not seen before. Dr. Cilip had an idea of a medical facility that also
crossed over into other “health” treatments, such as massages, facials, etc…and his wife, Shelly has a financial/business background.
Some Background About The Owners
Before getting too ahead of things, here is a little background on the Cilips: Dr. Cilip has been a practicing physician in the area for thirty years. Shelly has lived and worked in Corning for her entire life. She has superb skills in finance, management, and other aspects of business. As the two bounced back and forth different ideas, it became clear to them that in order to create “something new” that the area has never seen, they needed to go big; and the only way for them to achieve this was to incorporate both Shelly’s business knowledge with Mike’s Medical Practice, thus AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa was born.
In speaking with Mike and Shelly, they both agree that the only way to run this type of business is to always be developing and researching new and upcoming trends,
products, and services. In quoting CEO Shelly, “As an organization, we strive for perfection for our clients and expect that their individual needs are met with the gracious help of every team member we employ. In the end, we continue to be here, highly devoted to our clients which is essential to our continued success“.
The First Two AgeLess Locations
With the “AgeLess SPA” concept created, our first location was born! AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa, located inside the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY opened in 2008 and still to this day offers a wide variety of Spa and Medical Services. This 7,200 square foot facility gives you both the feeling of relaxation and comfort for your overall health. Offering Internal Medicine, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Injections, a profound Weight Management Program, Massages, Anti-aging Facials, Nail treatments, Body services, and so much more! In 2012 0ur second location, AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel Corning (Link will open in a new tab) was born. Located in the heart of downtown Corning, NY this spa offers more of the Day Spa feel to clients. With both of our locations celebrating their birthdays in November, we couldn’t be luckier to be part of the “small business” movement.
The AgeLess Team Is Key!
As any small business owner knows, a remarkable team is key! Our team of trained professionals strive to meet all of the needs of our clients and provide them with superior hospitality as we like to think of our clients as dear friends. This phenomenal
team is made up of the utmost professionals in the business and operate as more of a
family, rather than colleagues. Compiled of highly trained Licensed Massage Therapists,
Estheticians, Cosmetologists, Medical Personnel, along with Guest Relation and Facilitator Specialists; all with the intention to help you feel and look your best after just one visit!
The AgeLess Approach To The Services We Offer
Here at AgeLess SPA, we approach the roll out of any spa service with the utmost thought. For example, we don’t offer soaking with our nail services due to health risks
that can occur once skin has been exposed to water for so long. Another example would be that during any of our Facial Treatments, our team wears gloves to ensure sanitation is maintained during their service.
AgeLess SPA: Great Services AND Great Products!
Along with overall health, we love to have fun with skincare, makeup and spa like goodies to enjoy at home! Our boutiques are filled with some of the best products around that are superior for promoting anti-aging, health and wellness, beauty trends, and for charming gifts. Some of our favorite products are bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals®, IMAGE Skincare®, TRIGGERPOINT® therapy and exercise rollers, Quotable cards and gift items, and Northern Lights Wax Melts. Gift cards are available in-store or online and make the perfect gift!
AgeLess SPA: Grateful for the Present, Eager About Our Future!
As AgeLess SPA has grown from just two team members to now employing over 40 people, we look forward to what the future brings once we open our third location in Tioga Downs Casino! From all of us at AgeLess SPA we’re truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this community and look forward to serving you in the future!