Go Nuts about these Nuts :
Walnuts : Ranked number 1. They offer a high a rich source of the omega-3 fat, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which improve artery function after a high fat meal. The fat from walnuts is considered protective and actually counteracts some of the detrimental effects of a high-saturated-fat diet. Hence they are considered heart healthy and cholesterol lowering. Talk about beating fat with fat. Walnuts are the key.
Almonds : They are a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium,copper and niacin. Just 20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, which helps prevent osteoporosis. Almond milk is fortified with extra calcium and will provide the same or more calcium than a glass of milk. Great for those who have lactose intolerance. I don’t have lactose intolerance, but just love the taste of almond milk so I drink it and use it in my smoothies. My kids love it too. Almonds are also a good source of protein.
Pistachio : pistachios are called the “Skinny Nut” is because they’re a good source of fibre and protein. After eating it,you’re likely to feel fuller, longer. Fibre helps control blood sugar, helps you feel full and aids with weight management, hence the name ‘Skinny Nut’ ! Pistachios can help support cardiovascular health due to phytosterols which actually compete with cholesterol from the diet for absorption. So eat the yummy pistachio and your body will absorb less cholesterol from your meal. Sweet !! Pistachios are a great choice of snack because they contain almost 90% unsaturated fat, i.e. the good stuff. So eat up the Skinny Nut
Hazel Nuts : Hazelnuts have good amounts of B Vitamins, which are energy giving and give you healthy hair and skin. The beauty nut :) A cup of chopped hazelnuts has a whopping seventeen grams of protein and eleven grams of fiber. High indeed making them a good alternate for vegan protein. They are exceptionally rich in folate, that helps prevent anemia and most importantly, neural tube defects in the newborn. Great snack for expectant mothers! Well, really, all women of child-bearing age should probably snack on hazelnuts. Blend some hazelnuts and add to your Latte for a fresh hazelnut drink !Some ways to use Nuts : Eat them raw, roasted, add them to trail mixes, blend in smoothies, as nut butters, in salads, blend with dips, sprinkle over baked goods, blend into pesto, sauces, mix in chicken or tuna salad, sprinkle in casseroles, use in place of breadcrumbs and just use them anywhere ! Be nut creative !! I do have a delish heart healthy hummus and a chocolate walnut smoothie that are absolutely Nutty ! Caution : Nuts are high in calories which is why experts recommend a handful a day, but if you substitute the nutritious nut for other snacks, you can have more than a handful. Skip the pretzel and eat the almonds. So go Nuts over Nuts and reap the health benefits ! To read more in my A- Z Blogging challenge, click here and check back tomorrow to read my post on the letter O. Going to blog a simple recipe to make your own all natural preservative free oil sprays using your favorite oils.