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I have to admit something.

I don’t always love nuts.

But then I remember that they are kind of a perfect snack, and can be pretty darn delicious from time to time. Everyone likes peanut butter, right?  I just recently came around to raw almond butter, and now I slather it on toast, celery and apples on a regular basis. I would never turn down pine nuts in pesto either. :)

If you are aren’t yet a fan, try adding some nuts in at snack time or nut butters for breakfast or lunch. Here’s the what, why and how…

What:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • (peanuts are technically a legume but are usually fall into the nut category)

Why:

  • contain fat, protein and fiber
  • full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • can help reduce the risk of diabetes
  • nutrient dense: full of vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, copper, magnesium

How:

  • Raw Nuts are best and then roast at home so they don’t go rancid
  • Add some flavor to roasted nuts (like curried or herbed nuts)
  • As a snack, on salads, or part of trail mix
  • Nut Butter – look for natural varieties – the only ingredients should be nuts and/or salt.
  • Watch portions! Nuts, although good for you, are very calorie-dense. A serving is one ounce.
  • Recipes to Try: Almond-Honey Power Bar, Nut Recipes on Foodily, Nut Recipes on Gojee

Do you have a favorite nut or way to eat them?

Comments

  1. says

    I love sticking walnuts into baked goods. I have a healthy banana bread I make with white whole wheat flour and applesauce (a substitute for the oil). I just ate peanut butter with my breakfast, so I think I’ve filled my nut quota for the day :)

  2. says

    Cool photo. I think I love peanuts a little TOO much, especially in-shell and roasted. I try to save them for special occasions!

  3. says

    I think I eat nuts in some form pretty much every day! I’ve been loving the Trader Joe’s Wasabi Wow trail mix lately- peanuts, almonds, raisins, dried cranberries and wasabi peas. I find that I need the protein boost from the nuts in my afternoon snack otherwise I’m way too hungry to wait for dinner to cook when I get home from work!

  4. says

    I eat tons of nuts!
    Almonds are my favorite snack and I just threw some walnuts in my banana bread (ok, not as healthy). Trailmix is a big favorite in our house and homemade almond and peanut butter are fantastic. I’m also a huge fan of pistachios and mac nuts. Great post!

  5. Mo says

    I’ve never liked nuts until the last few years. But, I exposed myself enough, and learned to really enjoy them. I like pecans and almonds on salads and my favorite homemade nut butter is walnut – pecan!

  6. says

    Love nuts and I actually made the arugula and apple recipe from your blog today and added some walnuts. It was delicious! I also crush almonds and/or cashews into my morning oatmeal. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’ll be making it often. :)

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