Great Things in Small Packages
Few foods are more satisfying than a handful of almonds, pistachios—or whatever your favorite nut or seed may be! We crave their flavors and inviting textures year-round. We talked with one of our dietitians to learn more about the health benefits of nuts and seeds—and ways to incorporate them in your daily meals and snacks.
According to research, eating nuts and seeds is associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure and other health conditions. They contain fiber and unsaturated fats, which are “the heart-healthy or ‘good’ fats that can help lower bad cholesterol and reduce inflammation,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Taylor Koenig.
Mix It Up!
In addition to being nutrition powerhouses, nuts and seeds are relatively inexpensive, they store well in your pantry or freezer, and are easy to carry around as a snack. But snacking is just the beginning! Get ideas—and recipes—to learn how nuts and seeds can add flavor and crunch to just about any meal.
Get Cracking, But …
Remember any added salt or sugar can send your healthy snack downhill. “If you only eat nuts and seeds that are honey-roasted or chocolate-covered, the sugary coating can quickly overshadow any health benefits,” Taylor warns. Stick to varieties that are unsalted and uncoated.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.