I’m not talking about actually political “nuts” here, I’m talking about the ones that come from fruits and trees. Like almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia, pistachio, pecans, and peanuts to get us started.
You could even group most seeds into this category such as chia, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin. I LOVE peanuts and peanut butter and whoever decided to add chocolate to the mix was a genius! Sadly peanuts are not the best nut for us.
They are not packed full of as many nutrients as the other seeds and nuts. But that won’t stop me from enjoying my peanut butter with celery, carrots, or apples as a snack, though I will use almond butter from time to time.
As I was saying there are a lot of beneficial nutrients in seeds and nuts. The big ones being fat and protein! The fat and protein within them make them perfect for midday snacking to boost energy and keep us full.
Whole nuts and/or nut butters also make for a great addition to breakfast smoothies. Flax seed mixed with the right amount of water can be used as an egg supplement when baking if you desire a vegan option.
The other nutrients you can find in nuts and seeds include: magnesium, manganese, selenium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin E. So much nutrition available in such a small product!