ALMONDS

Almonds generate "dam kasi" (stamina and speed) and as such complement the strength and size given by milk and Ghi. The almonds are mashed into a paste using a mortar and pestle, normally by junior wrestlers and is treated as an exercise in and of itself.

The clean energy of almonds is greatly valued and they are considered to be nourishing without being filling. Almonds are mixed with crystallized cane sugar to form "Prasad", food offerings given to Lord Hanuman before training. It is used as a post workout recovery meal. Mashed almonds are also mixed with milk and Ghi to make a high calorie powershake.

Almonds are a good source of calcium magnesium and phosphorus. They also have monounsaturated fats which are beneficial to cardiovascular health and a good amount of protein to aid tissue repair.