Nuts for Trail Mix

June 4, 2012 — 5 Comments

“You may be among the vast number of people who approach a bowl of nuts with some degree of trepidation. Nuts are full of fat, after all, and the prevailing wisdom tells us to eat less fat. But remember when prevailing wisdom told us to take out big mortgages on beach homes, because real estate values could only go up? Yeah, turns out prevailing wisdom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and in the case of nuts, it couldn’t be further off base.”

Chances are the fat found in nuts is healthier than anything else in your diet. Not too many foods do a better job at keeping you full while decreasing the chances of harmful diseases. Every nut has different ways to benefit your body. The best part is that they all go so well together! Tossing a bunch of nuts, seeds, and fruits together to make a trail mix can quite possibly be called the best snack ever. Using a wide range of ingredients can provide you with countless nutrients to support your body.

Buy your ingredients in bulk and mix them all together in a large container. Next time you leave for work pour some of your mixture into a sandwich bag for a great snack between meals.

What you will want to do is to choose a nut or two, a seed, an extra crunch, and a sweetener. An example would be pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, soy nuts, and goji berries. Pecans have four times the antioxidant activity than almonds, and walnuts can help ward off depression and heart attacks with their omega-3 content. An ounce of sunflower seeds contain approximately half your day’s vitamin E, and soy nuts add fiber, folate, and 11g of protein per ounce. Goji berries are all the rage due to their antioxidant content and sweet-tart finish. How many belly-filling snacks can provide you with all those goodies?

Don’t be shy when choosing what to mix together. Experiment with different combinations to change it up so your taste buds don’t get bored and crave something unhealthy.

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5 responses to Nuts for Trail Mix

  1. 

    Is it true that pistachio nuts are the least “good for you” nuts there are?

    • 

      I wouldn’t say there are any “least good for you nuts” because it really depends. Peanuts have several nutritious components but are higher in saturated fat, for example. I would say if you’re eating pistachios over “junk” food then you’re in good shape. Hope that helps, and thanks for reading.

  2. 

    It horrifies me how many people think that nuts are bad for you (that goes for eggs too), they are so nutritious. I can’t abide pecans though, something about the taste of them! give me walnut any day!

    • 

      A lot of people are turned off from their high calorie count, but don’t realize all the nutrition and satiety you get from them. Thanks for reading!

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