People often ask me if nuts are a good snack option because of the calorie and fat content. The answer is YES! Nuts can be a great healthy snack option and we should enjoy a variety of nuts on a regular basis. With February being Heart Month, there’s no better time to talk about the ways nuts can have a positive impact on your heart health!5 Reasons to Eat Nuts + Energy Snack Mix #HeartMonth #hearthealth Click To Tweet
What’s so great about nuts? Here are 5 reasons you should be eating more of them:
1. Heart-healthy Unsaturated Fats: Fat is essential for vitamin absorption, energy, maintaining cell membranes, and much more. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the two types of “good” fat our bodies need to help lower cholesterol levels and many nuts are high in these types of fats.
2. Easy Vitamin E: Vitamin E can help prevent the development of plaque in arteries, making it easier for blood to flow through. Plaque buildup in the arteries can lead to chest pain and heart disease.
3. Filling Fiber: All nuts contain fiber, which will help you to feel full. Fiber also helps to control blood sugar levels and keep cholesterol in check.
4. Powerful Protein: Nuts are a source of l-arginine which is an amino acid, a building block that makes up protein. This amino acid helps keep arteries flexible and reduces the risk of blood clots.
5. Ready to Travel: No means of refrigeration? No problem! Nuts are perfect for travel and being rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein makes them a balanced snack option.
I always keep my pantry stocked with almonds, walnuts and pecans, and on occasion, pistachios and cashews will find their way into my cupboards. This Energy Snack Mix is one of my must-have travel snacks and I also keep a jar on my desk for those busy days! I’ve just recently discovered that dark chocolate covered espresso beans are ahh-mazing and they are even better when thrown in with some pecans and almonds. Not crazy for either of those nuts? Try changing them out with walnuts and cashews!
So if you aren’t already doing so, start enjoying more nuts as part of a healthy diet! Avoid nuts that are full of salt or artificial flavorings, and don’t worry about minor nutritional differences between the different types of nuts. Your best bet is to choose a variety to enjoy on a regular basis.