Go nuts with nuts, reasonably!
Nuts are high in calories and loaded with nutrients so please use them and do not abuse them. However, they offer many healthful benefits primarily from unsaturated fats, fiber, protein and carbohydrates plus they taste great.
Nuts also contain many heart healthy vitamins and minerals as a bonus! Added to meals or snacks these help to sustain the appetite and maintain a healthy level of blood sugar while satisfying the desire to crunch.
Nuts can be used to replace the more typically consumed refined carbohydrate snack foods that have a tremendous effect on your blood sugar them like pretzels and other chips that offer little nutritional value and simply encourage your appetite. These have many calories, about 150-200 calories per ounce. For a delicious, healthy snack try:
- 20-24 almonds
- 6-8 Brazil nut’s
- 18-20 pecan halves
- 155 pine nut’s
- 45-47 pistachios
- 8-11 walnut halves
- 10-12 macadamias
- 18-20 hazelnuts
- 16-18 cashews
Why not try mixing one ounce with a lower calorie carbohydrate like fruit or yogurt.
So like I say, “go nuts” and reap all the benefits.