Health Coach Corner – Go Nuts!

Health Coach Corner by Maria Hicks

Are nuts healthy?  Are they considered a “good fat”?  Can I snack on nuts?  The answer to these questions is Yes, Yes and Yes!   Nuts are a great snack and a healthy fat.  But, can you have too many nuts?  Of course!  It’s one of those snacks that are healthy in very small portions, and for some, who are looking to lose weight – it may not be an appropriate snack (at least, not on a daily basis).

On a personal note – about 7 years ago, I actually gained 5 lbs by snacking on a bulk bag of nuts!  So, never buy in bulk… buy small portions and keep your servings small.  Some grocery stores sell individual trail mix packets, which is a great snack – at only 140 calories.

Here are some health benefits of nuts:

  • Almonds contain the most fiber of all nut varieties
  • Almonds & hazelnuts have vitamin E, an antioxidant
  • Pecans contain cancer-fighting ellagic acid
  • Brazil nuts have the antioxidant selenium
  • Cashews & pistachios contain lots of potassium
  • Walnuts contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • Most nuts contain phytic acid, which reduces the risk of cancer and controls blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Nuts are high in protein, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium

 

Follow this link for some fun nut snack recipes!

http://southernfood.about.com/od/nutsnacks/Nut_Snack_Recipes_Spiced_Pecans_Spicy_Mixed_Nuts_and_More.htm