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…
- Pine Nuts
- Brazil Nuts
- Macadamia Nuts
- (peanuts are technically a legume but are usually fall into the nut category)
- 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
- 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?