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?