It’s OK to go a little Nutty About your Health!
With all of the choices out there, how do you know which taste good and which are good healthy fats?
Why are nuts so good for us?
Nuts are rich in unsaturated fats which lower LDL (bad cholesterol). They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eating nuts is also linked to having lower levels of inflammation typical in heart disease.
Unsaturated fats are what you hear called “healthy fats” because they are more loosely packed than saturated fats, and they come from plant-based foods. Recently, dietary recommendations have shifted toward more plant-based foods over animal-based foods. This is great news for you nut eaters!
Nuts are a fantastic alternative to chips and crackers. You still get a little salt and a little crunch, but loaded with nutrition instead of empty calories.
Now there are more options than ever!
Some of us love to scoop up a handful of peanuts, cashews, or almonds as an afternoon snack–which is great! Nuts are affordable, easy to store and to take on-the-go. But did you know you can also add all the fantastic health benefits of nuts to other foods as well? You can buy almost every kind of nut butter imaginable.
Some of the delicious nut butter options available include:
Pumpkin Seed Butter
G-Butter (cashew butter)
So – Is Peanut Butter a Protein?
Contrary to popular belief, peanuts are a healthy fat and NOT a protein. Why? Because they are missing essential amino acids that make up a complete protein. Another example that it’s what you know after you know it all that counts!
Love peanut butter? Heck ya!
But we don’t love the hydrogenated oil that gives it that smooth, creamy appearance. Skip the hydrogenated oil! You can buy peanut butter made with only one ingredient–are you ready for this?–PEANUTS! You can actually have peanuts, almonds, cashews–virtually any kind of nut or peanut ground down into delicious, healthy, nut butter! It’s creamy base comes from its natural oils, but it doesn’t have any of the hydrogenated oil, preservatives, or binding agents that make our traditional peanut butters unhealthy choices.
You can also buy a powdered peanut butter. This is a great, lower fat option for adding to smoothies or baked goods!
The G-Butter mentioned above is made from cashews. Cashews (like almonds) are one of the best nuts in terms of its nutrition profile. They are packed with protein, folate, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and get this–tryptophan! They actually help us sleep better and even relax!
So get a little nutty!
Remember, the fewer ingredients in our food, the better! So when your nut butter is made of only peanuts, only almonds, or only cashews, that means it’s so much better for us and for our families.
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