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.
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?