Aw, Nuts

Nuts. Can you have them while on a diet or not?

You can welcome back almonds and walnuts and other tasty treats back into your diet – they’re an excellent source of nutrients and a good thing to include in a regular, healthy diet. The Mayo Clinic lists many reasons why nuts are heart healthy.

Sadly, they’ve gotten a bum rap over the years – Oh no, they’re high in calories! And high in fat! – but one blogger at the Diet Blog has pointed out studies that show nuts have a negligible impact on weight.

Hooray!

A good tip is to eat nuts in place of something, not in addition to something. So, don’t scarf a handful of cashews and then dig into a bag of BBQ Fritos. Forgo the unhealthy processed snack you had planned for mid-afternoon and nibble on some raw almonds. You’ll feel fuller longer, meaning you’ll stay satisfied longer.

But wait. Before you tear into that family-size bag of cashews, read on.

Like most foods, moderation is important. Count out serving sizes before digging in – at the bottom of this link you will find exactly how many almonds, walnuts, etc. are in an ounce serving.

I like to crumble walnuts and add them to my cereal or oatmeal in the morning or to a salad at lunch. My husband keeps a bag of raw almonds at work to combat the mid-day slump. How do you fit nuts into your diet?

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About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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One Response to Aw, Nuts

  1. Kelly Robinson says:

    I do the same thing as Kevin…I have a bag of raw almonds in my desk drawer. Definately beats the mid-day slump for me. Sometimes I pair them with a fruit.

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