Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm a little nutty!

Yes, it's true.  I'm nutty...over nuts.  I've really started to incorporate nuts in a lot of things lately.  If you're allergic, then disregard this entire post. 

Nuts in moderation can actually be very good for you.  What am I talking about?

The benefits of nuts can include:

1) They are good for your heart (check out the Mayo Clinic)
2) They help to curb your appetite (listed here in ways to curb your appetite)
3) They help to increase your fiber intake (a list of foods to help with fiber can be found here)
4) They are a natural weight loss food (as seen here)
5) They are a good source of protein and minerals (as found here)

To eliminate some of the sodium in my diet, I tend to opt for the dry/unsalted varieties if I can.  My favorite go-to nuts/seeds right now are almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seed kernels.  I've started putting a half serving in my oatmeal in the morning, along with another half a serving on my salad for lunch.  If I have calories to spare, I may sprinkle a few on my dinner salad too.

Yes, they can be expensive, but if you are portioning them correctly, they should last for a while.  I picked up a large bag of unsalted almonds at Sam's Club and it lasts me several months.  The walnuts I picked up in a large bag *on sale* at Fry's and that has lasted me over a month as well.  Sunflower seeds are a bit less expensive and are a fun treat on a salad.  Yum! 

I'd imagine if you're nutty, like me, you might like to stir in some chopped nuts in your yogurt.  Where else do you incorporate nuts/seeds in your diet?  Do you eat them by themselves or with something?

It's good to be nuts over nuts.

1 comment:

  1. I mix 1 9oz can of Almonds with 1/2 a bag of Hershey's dark chocolate chips & i'll sometimes add (if I remember to buy them) raisins. I keep it in a sealed container & that is my evening snack or if i'm having a sweet craving during the day. It doesn't take much to hit the spot literally no more than 5 Almonds, 5 raisins & 5-10 chocolate chips.