Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Going Nutz!!

Everyone knows how good nuts are for us….but why? And which ones do what? It’s always good to know what you are putting in your body! Just be careful these little snacks are too easy to eat and they are loaded with calories! Stay in portion size!

Also nuts have the most nutrients when eaten raw.  This also keeps you away from eating all the extra salt and perservatives...yes I know chipotle flavored pistacios can taste so yummy...but not nearly the same health benefits!

  • 14 halves=185 calories
  • Good source of protein, fiber, magnesium, high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (brain boosting omega 3)
  • 23 nuts=163 calories
  • Help lower cholesterol
  • More calcium and fiber than most other nuts
  • Vitamin E
Macadamia Nuts:
  • 10-12 nuts=204 calories
  • High in monounsaturated fat
  • Thiamine (helps nervous system)
  • 49 nuts=162 calories
  • Lower in calories then most nuts
  • Rich in lutein (antioxidant good for vision and skin)
  • One serving= potassium in one banana
  • 18 nuts= 163 calories
  • 10% daily value of iron
  • Folate and vitamin K (keeps bones strong and blood clotting normally)
Brazil Nuts:
  • 6 nuts=186 calories
  • Selenium (thyroid health)
  • 19 halves=196 calories
  • Rich in beta-sitosterol (lower cholesterol and prostate health)
Pine Nuts:
  • 167 nuts=191 calories
  • Manganese (maintain proper blood sugar levels and metabolize carbohydrates and protein)
  • Fatty acids (boost satiety hormones)

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