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Continuing our favorite foods, nuts are some of my favorites and my go-to snack food.  Nuts are nutritious, easy to pack for snacks, travel well, and just taste good!

I love just about every kind of nut – almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts!  I especially like pistachios in the shell – opening them up slows down consumption!  Nuts are known to help lower cholesterol while raising your antioxidant levels in your body.  Nuts have hearth-health promoting phytosterols and are a good, healthier source of fat – which the body needs.  They have potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, all nutrients we need, and they have great levels of fiber – some as much as a serving of broccoli!

There is one thing with nuts.  They are higher in calories than most snacks, and because they are so delicious, it is easy to over-eat nuts.  This is one thing I need to be careful of, so I measure my servings of nuts into bags or a small Dixie cup when I’m going to eat them.  Otherwise, the whole bag could disappear before I even realize it!

Nuts are also great in recipes, and can provide a little zest and zing to many of your favorite dishes. The next time you are looking for a snack, grab a serving of nuts and chew, chew, chew.  You’ll feel full and your body will feel healthy!

To Your Vitality!