Some of the best foods to eat between meals, combat hunger and fight fatigue, not to mention glowing skin and increased HDL (good cholesterol) are NUTS and SEEDS.
Although nuts do contain some saturated fat, most of the fat found in nuts include healthy, monounsaturated fat, including omega-6 and omega-3 (polyunsaturated).
Nuts are also a good source of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium and vitamin E.
Seeds are a great source of plant-based essential amino acids including minerals, magnesium, zinc, copper, and calcium. Like nuts, seeds contain dietary fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals.
Sprinkle sunflower or chia seeds over oatmeal. Add pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds or pistachios to salads or hemp seeds in a smoothie.
A great place to purchase fresh, raw nuts is Trader Joes or Costco.
Favorite Nut & Seed Trail Mix
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1 cup raw cashews or almonds (slivered almonds work great)
- 1 cup sunflower kernels or hemp seeds
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup dried apricots or blueberries or dried fruit of your choice (unsulfured)
- For an added, optional treat: 1 cup dark chocolate chips – my favorite dark chips are made by the brand “Enjoy Life”. Using dark chocolate versus semi-sweet or milk chocolate will yield less sugar and provide more of the antioxidant properties in cocoa.
Store in air-tight (glass preferred) container and enjoy a handful for a heart-healthy, energy lift.
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