Are You Nuts?

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Once a week I focus on  power foods and share some recipes and tips that will help you incorporate these nutrient dense foods into your weekly menu planning. Power foods are the foods that have a proven track record of fighting diseases, and promoting good health, this weeks power foods, …nuts.

Did you know nuts are sodium free? If your nuts have salt, it wasn’t mother nature who added that bit of sodium, it was some guy at the plant. So if you are on a sodium free diet, just read the labels carefully. Okay, lets talk nuts. These are some of the best nuts for your health are, almonds, hazelnuts,  brazil nuts,peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio’s and walnuts. Yes, I know you are thinking, but nuts are high in fat, well yes but its the good fat that lowers the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Now I am not saying to eat tons of nuts, just a handful daily that’s all. By eating a handful of nuts daily it has been reported that you can reduce blood pressure, help keep bad cholesterol down, reduce chances of Alzheimer’s, help in weight control, and help reduce your chances of diabetes 2..  Almonds contain vitamin E, peanuts  contain folate, vitamin B and niacin, walnuts omega fatty acids. The fat, protein and fiber in nuts make you feel full so it is a good snack to  munch on between meals.  I think the best way to eat nuts is raw. By roasting nuts you lose some of the nuts natural oils and I do not add any salt either.  The best way to start to add nuts to your diet is to add them in your yogurt, salad, cereal. You can chop the nuts and add them to pasta’s or on top of vegetables. I keep small containers of nuts on my desk and in the pantry. So add nuts to this weeks grocery list. I prefer to buy the nuts in the bins in the organic section of the market. If you buy them in a sealed bag, check for the expiry date, nuts can go bad. The best way to store nuts at home is once you open the bag, place the unused portion in a tightly sealed plastic container.

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