We at Gardenbar are all about convenient and healthy eating. When you are always on the go, it is so tempting to stop at the nearest drive-through and scarf down a burger and fries as soon as you feel hungry. To avoid crashing from hunger and to keep energized during the day, always keep some nuts handy.
Nuts have a bad reputation for being high in fats and calories, but they are considered a health food. Portion control is key to reaping the benefits of these delicious nuts without adding inches to your waste.
Nuts contain monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, copper, protein and fiber, and are rich in antioxidants. They can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, can lower “bad” cholesterol levels, increase “good” cholesterol, and prevent the hardening of arteries. Nuts are very high in dietary fiber and are one of the best plant sources of protein.
They can also play an important role in weight loss. Nuts make great snacks because they are filling (thanks to their fat and fiber content). As a result, people who ate nuts as a snack were not as hungry and ate less. A one-ounce serving of nuts contains between 160-200 calories, most of which are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
The only downside to nuts may be that they taste so great. It is easy to go overboard and consume 500 calories in one sitting. Many of us eat nuts by the handful, so to avoid overeating, pre-portion your nuts in small bags for a great snack.
Here are some other ways to add this healthy nut to your diet:
- Add almonds to your yogurt
- Use nuts to replace croutons in salads
- Add nuts to bread, pancakes, muffins or waffles
- Enhance your steamed vegetables or chicken with slivered almonds