Why you should incorporate nuts and seeds into your diet:
- Great source of natural protein.
- Keeps you fuller for longer.
- Important source of fibre.
- Helps to lower 'bad cholesterol'.
- Source of vitamins and antioxidants.
Nuts tend to be cheaper if you buy them in bulk; you can purchase nuts and seeds in large quantities from continental supermarkets, or you can order them online! This way you can portion what you fancy and mix it up.
TIP: Try portioning your trail mix in reusable tubs to take to work or school. Nuts and seeds are great for slow release energy and will keep you fuller than a bag of crisps would, as their high protein and healthy fat content keeps your cravings at bay.
Research also indicates that nuts help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and can also improve digestive health.
An alternative protein... as I am sure you are aware, we are in a climate crisis, and one way you could reduce your carbon footprint while maintaining a healthy lifestyle is by reducing your meat consumption. There are numerous studies into the negative effects processed and red meats have on both our bodies and the environment, and so by making a conscious effort to reduce your intake could make a huge difference. Nuts are a marvellous way to incorporate alternative proteins in to your diet as supermarkets now have a wide range of selections.
Types of nuts you could try:
- Almonds - high in calcium, fibre, Vitamin E, and magnesium.
- Cashews -rich in iron and healthy fats, promotes healthy heart and bones.
- Walnuts - high in Omega 3 and promote brain function.
- Hazelnuts - contain Vitamin B and E and aid in muscle, bone, and joint health.
- Peanuts - boost memory and reduce the risk of heart disease.