Are nuts a healthy snack?
We all love a good snack. Whether it’s a mid-morning treat with your cup of coffee or a post-workout Carb Killa® bar, we rarely stick to the conventional three meals a day because, well, that would be boring wouldn’t it?
As much as we love snacking, it can be a nightmare trying to decide on a snack that’s both satisfying and nutritional. That’s where nuts come in!
Not only are they accessible and easy to snack on, they offer a number of nutritional benefits and will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
From peanuts and cashews, to pistachios and walnuts, there’s a nut to suit every taste so grab a handful today and start making the most of the below benefits!
1. They’re full of antioxidants
Nuts contain micronutrients called polyphenols which are packed with antioxidants. Consuming antioxidants helps to control the level of free radicals in the body – having too many may lead to diseases and other health risks.
2. They’re a great source of fibre
Fibre is the talk of the town at the minute but don’t dismiss this food group as just another fad. Fibre is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system and promoting a healthy gut. Almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and pecans are just a few of the nuts that contain high levels of fibre – throw a few on your morning porridge or pack some in a snack pot to graze on throughout the day.
3. They fill you up
The high fat and fibre content of nuts makes them super filling so they’re a great choice for those trying to cut back on the calories. Yes, they’re higher in fat but this doesn’t mean they’ll make you pile on the pounds. A handful is likely to satisfy your hunger for longer, making you less likely to reach for an impulse snack.
4. They can reduce your risk of heart problems
Even if you don’t love nuts, your heart most certainly does. Studies show that consumption of nuts can increase LDL particle size, lowering the risk of heart disease. Nuts can also help raise HDL cholesterol, improve artery function and also have other health benefits. So show nuts some lovin’ if you want to reap the cardiovascular benefits.
5. They can help reduce inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s way of defending itself against injury, viruses and other harmful bacteria however, long-term inflammation can increase risk of disease and damage your organs. Packed full of strong anti-inflammatory properties, nuts are known to reduce inflammation and promote healthy ageing, making them a go-to for those eager to grow old gracefully.
6. They can boost your immune system
Many of us live a fast-paced lifestyle, with our careers, social lives and keeping fit taking up most of our waking hours. Nuts are high in vitamins E and B, as well as magnesium, all of which help to boost the immune system. A strong immune system is vital for those living in the fast lane, helping to fight illness during periods of high stress.
7. Nuts are everywhere!
As well as being both nutritious and tasty, nuts are so easy to get hold of. Your local supermarket is guaranteed to offer several varieties of nuts, often packaged in handy snack pots and packets, making them a great ‘grab and go’ option.
Here at Grenade®, we’re also a little nutty about our nuts! The Go Nuts™ Carb Killa® bar is a snacking saviour, whatever you’re up to. Packed with 10g of plant-based protein, this Salted Peanut flavour bar will fuel everything from your Monday morning meeting to a late-night weight session.
So, in a nutshell, add these tiny seeds of goodness to your diet and you’re sure to reap the benefits. They’re tasty and fulfilling, provide excellent health benefits and are easy to get your hands on– win!