16 days to go
One of my favourite go to snacks are nuts and there will be a selection of different ones in my tuck bag when I do my challenge.
Some people shy away from them because of their high calorie content whereas others, closer to home, will happily eat a large bag almost without blinking. There’s a balance to be struck.
First of all, nuts are very healthy and very good for you (so long as you are not allergic to tree nuts or peanuts) as they’re full of protein, fibre and healthy fats and are among the most high energy foods we can eat. Each nut contains its own spectrum of minerals so eating a range of nuts help get the most benefit for an all round healthy diet.
Nuts are often processed by roasting with honey or salt and whilst they still retain their good stuff, it’s better to choose nuts without the processing.
Eating nuts in moderation, the same as any other food, is the way to get the best out of them without overeating. One way of doing this is to pre-portion your nuts rather than eat straight out of the packet – or simply limit yourself to a handful. Nuts are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, are helpful in maintaining a healthy weight and improving mood.
Here’s some info on a few of my favourites:
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