I’m Nuts About Nuts!

Attribution: "Nutty Browns" by Nomadic Lass

Attribution: “Nutty Browns” by Nomadic Lass

Enjoy More Nuts to Meet Your Goals

Eating more nuts can be part of a heart-healthy diet and can be a help you reach your weight loss goals.  According to the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org), “Eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you more easily follow a heart healthy diet.”

Big nutrition, little package!

Nuts are a great source of high quality calories. They are easy to pack for on the go snacking. They pack a great deal of nutrition into such a tiny package.

  • A great source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Unsaturated fat
  • High in fiber
  • Vitamin E
  • Plant sterols – helps to lower cholesterol
  • L-arginine – improves health of artery walls

Loaded with health benefits!

  • Decrease your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • May decrease the risk of blood clots that can cause heart attack
  • May improve the lining of your arteries, stopping plaques from developing

So many choices!

There are many varieties of nuts out there. Some of the best choices are macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts. Peanuts are actually a legume and not a tree nut like the others. They are relatively healthful but not as health-promoting as other nuts.  Eat nuts raw or dry roasted as opposed to those cooked in oil. You can also consume your nuts as a nut butter. Just watch out for extra ingredients that you don’t need.

I eat nuts daily. I buy a mixture of salted and unsalted and I mix them together. That way I get some of the saltiness without getting too much. I eat them just as they are or I add them to salads or to Greek yogurt. They satisfy my munchies and I’m happy to be eating something loaded with great nutrition. Eating more nuts has not caused my waistline to spread and they have helped me avoid eating other unhealthy snacks.

How do you like to eat your nuts?

Vegetable of the Week: Turnips

Turnips

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Turnips – Try them, you’ll like them!

This week I decided to try turnips. Now that I’m all grown up I have enjoyed trying out new vegetables and in general I have been pleasantly surprised. I was a little unsure about the turnip experiment though. I can’t remember ever tasting them but my husband always said he didn’t like them. I bought them anyway on a whim and began to search Pinterest for recipes. I found a very simple recipe and started peeling and chopping. It turns out that my husband couldn’t really remember what they tasted like. He just remembered not liking them as a child. He thinks he only had them boiled so I decided to roast them.  I peeled and roasted the turnips and chopped them up into 1″ cubes. I added some cauliflower florets and drizzled them with avocado oil. I sprinkled them with salt, pepper and paprika and roasted them on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes.  I thought they were delicious – very mild. My hubby decided he really did like turnips after all.

For more of our vegetable adventures you can read my other posts: Rutabagas, Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables ,Parsnips, How to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables, Parmesan Vegetable Bake.