Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do You Snack on Nuts?

I have a ton of people ask me if nuts are a good snack. Well, if you are looking to add a good fat to your diet, yes. If you are looking for a protein source, no. If you are looking for something that will fill you up, no. If you are looking to add a little crunch to a salad, a stir fry, or an existing dish, yes, nuts are great. Think about nuts as fat. Would you snack on fat? I wouldn't! Now its not like bacon grease or anything! Nuts are a good source of monounsaturated fat, good for your heart! I add 5 chopped raw almonds to my greek yogurt and chocolate protein for extra crunch, or pine nuts to my spinach strawberry chicken salad. (lightly toasted) But I like quantity for my snack, and 11 raw almonds just doesn't cut it for me!! Check out your favorite nut in the chart below.

Carbohydrates and Fats in Nuts and Seeds (1 Ounce)

CalTot. CarbFiberNet CarbSat. FatMono Fatω-3 Fatω-6 Fat
Brazil Nuts1843.
Chia Seeds13712.310.
Flax Seeds1508.17.6.512.16.31.7
Madadamia Nuts20142.41.63.416.50.06.36
Pine Nuts1883.712.
Pumpkin Seeds15151.13.92.440.515.8
Sesame Seeds1606.
Sunflower Seeds1645.

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