If you’re looking for some healthy options for snacks, look no further than nuts! I am a big fan of snacking on nuts, with pistachios being my favorite. However, when it comes to going out to a ballgame of any sort, I have to get a bag of peanuts along with a beer. It’s simply part of the game experience for me. I even have a wooden bowl of peanuts here on my coffee table to snack on while watching games at home.
Not only do they taste great, but they are a much healthier snack option that most anything else you like to munch on. Which ones are the best for your health? Continue reading for my list below.
What are the Healthiest Nuts?
Yes, the comedian in me is really trying hard to refrain to make some puns with this topic. Let’s keep it clean here. Anyway, if you’re looking to snack, here are the nuts you should be reaching for to get the most health benefits.
These tree nuts have a ton of health benefits and are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Each serving will get you about 160 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fiber, nearly 40% of your daily amount of Vitamin E, and 20% of your daily value of magnesium.
Almonds are also highly beneficial for your cholesterol level. They can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues. They can also help regulate your blood sugar, making them particularly useful for those with diabetes.
My favorite! Just like almonds, they are super high in fiber.
A typical serving of pistachios comes with around 150 calories, 12 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber.
Just like with almonds, these nuts are helpful for managing your cholesterol level by increasing the amount of good cholesterol (HDL). These nuts can reduce the risk factors of heart disease, and have been shown to lower your blood pressure to fight against hypertension.
This popular nut is very rich in nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids.
While a little higher in calories (around 180) and fat (18 grams), they are great sources of protein and healthy carbs as well as fiber.
With a high amount of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and other nutrients, this nut similarly can reduce your cholesterol and lower the risk factors of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments. They also help to fight against inflammation, which is a contributor to many other diseases. They have additionally been shown to increase mental cognition. That’s one smart nut!
Another nut that is low in calories (155), high in protein (5 grams) and healthy carbs (9 grams), this nut is very beneficial to those with metabolic syndrome. They can also improve your blood pressure, an ailment common to those with heart problems. They are also strong with regards to your blood sugar levels, as well as raising the level of good cholesterol (HDL) and improving blood lipid levels.