Research has shown that nuts are a great snack to help lose or maintain weight due to the abundant supply of proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, folic acid, fiber and many other nutrients found in all types of nuts.
Nuts in moderation (much like our sanity) is a great way to lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), reduce heart disease, keep skin and hair healthy, support brain health, strengthen bones, control weight, and achieve better sleep. All these benefits from a tiny handful of nuts, its as close as one can get to a magic pill.
Worried about the calories? I’ve included a list of some of the lowest fat and healthiest nuts approved by the USDA.
1 oz (golf ball size or one handful) of nuts is the equivalent of:
- 23 Regular Almonds — 163 Calories
- 49 Pistachios — 160 Calories
- 14 Walnut Halves– 185 Calories
- 19 Pecan Halves — 196 Calories
- 21 Hazelnuts– 178 Calories
- 28 Shelled Peanuts — 166 Calories
- 16 Cashews– 160 Calories
I keep this little glass bowl, mixed with nuts and some sunflower seeds, on my coffee or dining table. You see it, you eat it, your body shows it.