There is no question that consuming a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals for overall health and wellness, but, one very important component of our balanced diet is healthy sources of Fat, yes I said it, Fat is one of the most vital nutrients to achieve optimal health. Fat helps the body in so many ways, from brain health, balancing hormones and also promoting healthy smooth skin.
These types of healthy fats come from one of mother nature’s gift – Organic raw NUTS!
Almonds, Macadamias, Brazil nuts, Cashews… Nuts seem to have it all. They all naturally contain there own monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and oils, along with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! all these nutrients are essential to the human body to function at its best and protect you from disease.
* Essential: the body cannot make these fats on its own, we must obtain them from our diet. Lack of these essential fatty acids can cause skin issues, inflammation, infertility, mood and memory problems and also promote heart disease.
While nuts are high in calories, eating just a handful a day promotes a feeling of fullness that fends off the craving for less healthy fat-laden or sugar-filled processed food. Fats are also a great source of energy to keep your stamina up and help with memory and concentration.
Almonds, pecans and walnuts are all rich in the minerals zinc which is critical for immunity and reproductive function, strict vegetarians sometimes don’t get enough. All you beautiful vegans out there start munching away for some more zinc!
There are so many easy ways to incorporate these nutrient dense babies into your daily diet. They are versatile and portable!
A small bag of raw nuts can easily be stashed in your suitcase, handbag or backpack, ready to give you an instant, non-perishable hunger-banishing energy snack in the office, on the way to work, or on the trail.
Other simple ways to add to your diet –
- Add to cereals to add texture and to keep you fuller for longer.
- Create a gluten-free crust for baked fish or chicken.
- Add a handful in your favourite breakfast or lunch smoothie!