Many times you see “Super Food” listing kale, spinach, turnip and mustard greens, etc, but how many times have you seen the power of the nuts.
I am sure you are already aware of the heart-healthy power of nuts, full of protein and good fats, but these snacks are loaded with other health benefits. Treat yourself to a variety because each nut has it’s own virtues. Just don’t go too nuts, unless your are vegan or vegetarian. These Super foods pack a protein punch, but be aware that they’re high in calories.
One more thing, peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts are legumes. Put them in the bean family.
Let’s look at 5 types of nuts now.
- Almonds-serving size-23 nuts-calories 163
One of the favorite snacks and most known to lower cholesterol. They are also packed with more fiber and calcium than any other nut and are lower in calories than most varieties and an excellent source of vitamin E. Did you think you only get calcium from milk?
- Walnuts-serving size-14 halves-calories 185
They’re a good source of protein, fiber and magnesium. Why so special? They have a high level of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acid.
- Cashews-serving size-18 nuts-calories 163
Not a follower of Pop-eye (spinach), you can get almost 10 percent of your daily value of iron in a single serving of cashews. Compared with other nuts, they’re also a good source of folate and vitamin K, which helps keep bones strong and blood clotting normally.
- Pine Nuts-serving size-167 nuts, about 1/4 a cup-calories 191
Pine nuts are loaded with manganese, a trace of mineral that help you maintain proper blood sugar levels and metabolize carbohydrates and protein. Research suggests that the nut’s fatty acids may boost satiety hormones, which can help you feel full.
- Pecans-serving size 19 halves-calories 196
If you have a man in your life. . .pack these in his lunch! This Southern specialty is rich in beta-sitosterol, a type of plant sterol found to lower cholesterol as well as contribute to prostate health.
I hope this gave you a little different perspective on the Super-Foods.
Thanks goes to Nutsforlife.com.au for the featured picture of a easy way to measure your hand full of nuts. Yes, some of our hands are bigger than others 😉
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