A while ago, (i.e a week), i bought a huge bag of natural and salted nuts. I bought them for the “sake of this post”… but in reality i just wanted to eat a bunch of nuts. But i could use this excuse to buy more than i would have otherwise, as well as buying all different types of nuts! The perks of having a food blog… you can buy certain food and say it is just for a recipe or post, but the real reason you are buying it is because you want it.
[Note, that was heavy sarcasm! I.e i always buy the food i want and don’t need a reason or excuse to buy or eat it 😉 ]
So, onto the nutrition part of this post then…? Continuing on from my previous post where i shared some nutritional benefits of certain seeds, post HERE. I thought i would do the same thing with nuts!
Nuts are real powerhouse, nutrition bombs. And i mean this in a very positive way. They are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and the healthy unsaturated fats. (Note, a post about fat and different fats is coming up soon!) Because of the fiber content many nuts can help regulate blood sugar, lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, not to mention fats can often give a quick feeling of satiation. They are also filled with different important essential minerals and vitamins which are important for health.
Of course i couldn’t fit in all the nutrition facts and benefits of the nuts, i.e they are filled with more vitamins, minerals, nutrients than i have written. But i shared the most predominant nutrient sources of each nut, and what the nutrient/vitamin does in the body!
Not everyone can eat nuts because of allergies, but if you can eat them i would definitely recommending incorporating some nuts into your daily or weekly diet. The best is to eat them unsalted – but if you have a moderate daily salt intake, then eating some roasted and salted nuts from time to time is nothing to worry about. Just drinking an extra glass of water 🙂
Nuts are great to eat just as they are, or you can mix them into salads, add them to savoury meals such as pad thai or different soups or woks.
They are great to add to oatmeal, yoghurt, chia pudding or as an added crunch to fruit salad.
They can be added to muesli, trail mix, or made into nut butter. Or even use as flour such as hazelnut flour, cashewnutflour etc You can even consume nuts in the form of oil such as peanut oil, walnut oil etcOf course eating the whole nut often gives more nutrients and fiber, but there are still nutritional benefits to eating nuts in the form of nut butter or powder. [Walnut oil can have some benefits due to the omega 3 content. But note, that nut oils shouldn’t be heated too high, and instead used as extra flavour in cold dishes].
They are also great as part of different desserts, but then i wouldn’t eat the nut based dessert due to nutritional benefits, but instead because of taste and enjoyment and see the added nuts as an extra boost in nutrients and just an added plus!