Let's Go Nuts . . .

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Good morning! My mom sent me this NYTimes article a few days ago, and I thought it was important enough to share as a health post. I've always thought of nuts as a power food - a good source of protein and fiber to give me energy and keep me full. I often grab a handful as a quick snack or use them as a topping to a meal. 

I never realized though, just how powerful nuts really are - the health benefits are incredible. Clinical studies have found that those who eat nuts weigh less and have less body fat than non-nut-eaters. Even more impressive, a series of studies has shown that the more nuts people consume the less likely they are to die of cancer, heart disease, or stroke. Sign me up, right?! 

The next time you're looking for a good snack, grab some almonds or peanuts. They'll satisfy your hunger and add a major boost to your overall health. Here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy nuts and nut butters:

    • Peanut butter on whole wheat toast with sliced banana 
    • Oatmeal with almond butter, cinnamon and a splash of soy milk
    • Nonfat Greek yogurt with walnuts, raspberries, and shredded coconut 
    • Almonds, pomegranate seeds, and quinoa on a salad
    • Peanut butter, banana, flax seed, agave and spinach in a smoothie
    • A handful of roasted almonds and dark chocolate chips as a snack
    • Lightly salted peanuts or pistachios served with cocktails
    • Sautéed asparagus with sliced almonds and lemon zest
    • Berries topped with walnuts and a drizzle of honey

One warning that I have to include: when purchasing nuts and nut butters of any kind, always read the ingredients. Make sure there aren't any additives (sugar, hydrogenated oil, etc.) included, and that the only ingredients listed are the pure nuts themselves. 

What are your favorite nut recipes? 

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