Going nuts…

By Meeghan, 25 September, 2008

Most of us will remember the fitness revolution of the ‘80s; in fact we may have even suffered through the low fat and no fat diet craze of the times. However solid research now maintains not all fat is bad for your health or your waistline.

The fat found in raw tree nuts, for example can boost your mood and energy and eating nuts can be good for your heart and can fend off cancer. It is recommended you eat a small handful of nuts three to five times a week for optimal health benefits (a small handful is 30g).

Tree nuts to add to your diet include almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. Nuts are also packed with essential nutrients, vitamin E and fibre.

Tips:

  • Sprinkle almonds or cashews through a stir fry.
  • Crumble pecans or walnuts into a yoghurt and serve with fruit.
  • Crumble macadamias or pistachios onto grilled fish.
  • Add roasted pine nuts to your favourite pasta dish.
  • Make a delicious pesto by blending pistachios or macadamias with fresh herbs, parmesan and a splash of olive oil.
  • Or just eat them raw for a mid afternoon pick me up!
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