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Roasted and Salted Cashews

If you’re trying to figure out how to eat smart and stay healthy, there are many good reasons to choose nuts. Frequent consumption of nuts has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Nuts are an important source of fiber and they are loaded with essential minerals and vitamins, especially the antioxidant Vitamin E. Plus, nuts contain the amino acids necessary for normal growth and development.

Essential Omega-3

Deluxe Mix

Every time you munch on a few walnuts, you’re doing your body a big favor. Studies indicate that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts may help lower your cholesterol; protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers; ease the arthritis and other inflammatory diseases; and even fight depression and other mental illnesses.

High-Energy Snack

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Nuts make nutritious snacks, with their healthy balance of protein, fat and fiber. So as well as yielding more nutritional value than most snacks, nuts satisfy your between-meal hunger and give you fuel to burn. Why? Because the protein, fat and fiber found in nuts take longer to absorb and digest that fast burning carbohydrate snacks.

Protein Power

Pumpkin Seeds

To maintain your health and get the protein you need, experts recommend eating about two to three servings per day from the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, and nuts food group. The proteins found in seeds and nuts are an essential part of any diet and are fun to munch on too! Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and a myriad of others are especially tasty when roasted and flavored.

Dehydrated Nutrition

Dried Apricots

The drying out of fruit can be accomplished either naturally or by use of a food dehydrator. Drying fruit improves its shelf-life and makes it possible to have fruit when fresh fruit is unavailable. Dried fruit also contains a similar nutritional content to fresh fruit, with the possible exception of fiber. A potential negative of using dried fruit in place of fresh fruit may be that it contains more calories and sugar.

Good Fat and Bad Fat

Chocolate Covered Almonds

Everybody needs some fat to stay healthy. Fat provides flavor, supplies calories and gives you energy, but it pays to know the good from the bad. Unsaturated fat, the good fat that’s found in nuts, other plant foods and fish, may lower your cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Saturated fat, the bad stuff found mostly in animal and full-fat dairy products, increases LDL cholesterol and boosts the danger of heart attack and stroke.