So you want to start eating healthier, eh?
Is it because you’re tired of stuffing handfuls of chips into your mouth while you’re gulping down ice cold beers & devouring a succulent, mouth watering, juicy, man size, cheeseburger?
I didn’t think so.
If you’re like me, it’s because those beers and cheeseburgers are starting to expand the belly area a little more than they used to. It’s so easy and satisfying to grab a bag of chips or a bowl of ice cream while you’re watching tv. But those foods also expand the stomach easily.
So it’s time to find a good alternative that’s both healthy and satisfying. And believe it or not, nuts fit both those criteria. But you want to eat certain nuts at certain times of the day.
Not all nuts are the same
I read an article in Men’s Journal not long ago that broke down five variations of nuts and I thought it might be of benefit to you.
- Cashews – Great for a pre-workout snack because they contain a high amount of muscle fueling carbs. They’re a great source for copper which helps generate energy from the carbs in your cells. Not only that, but they give you more immunity boosting zinc and iron than most other nuts do. Number in a serving: 18
- Pistachios – If you’re watching your cholesterol, these are great for you. They’re rich in phytosterols which are compounds show to help lower levels of LDL(bad cholesterol). They also have the richest amount of lutein which is linked to improving eyesight. Number in a serving: 49
- Peanuts – The best choice if you’re looking for protein. 7 whopping grams per serving. Peanuts also provide more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. You’ll also want to eat the roasted over the raw because it may increase the amount of certain antioxidants by up to 22 percent. Number in a serving: 28
- Almonds – These bad boys will make you feel full, longer. They’re loaded with hunger curbing fiber as well as vitamins B and E. A weird fact was discovered that showed some of the fat in almonds isn’t absorbed by the body, so the nuts actually have about 20 percent fewer calories than advertised. Number in a serving: 23
- Walnuts – Sleeping aids? A pile of walnuts could help. According to a study in the journal Nutrition, walnuts are a good source of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and encourages deeper, longer sleep. Recent research also shows walnuts linked to better artery health, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease. Number in a serving: 14 halves
So there you have it. Your new go to snack is a handful of nuts. Start reaping the benefits.