🙂 From the office to my favorite natural food market;) Picking up a few items including one of my favorite proteins: raw ALMONDS!
(And on a side note, I am admitting another weakness of mine… I absolutely LOVE almond butter and jelly sandwiches;)
Here, the newest benefits of this Nut from The World’s Healthiest Foods:
*Eating Nuts LOWERS RISK of Weight Gain*
Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. A prospective study published in the journal Obesity shows such fears are groundless. In fact, people who ate nuts at least twice a week were much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never ate nuts.
The 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain, found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were participants who never or almost never ate nuts.
And, among the study participants who gained weight, those who never or almost never ate nuts gained more (an average of 424 g more) than those who ate nuts at least twice weekly.
Study authors concluded, “Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain (5 kg or more). These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardioprotective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain.”
Practical Tip: Don’t let concerns about gaining weight prevent you from enjoying the delicious taste and many health benefits of nuts!
-Spread some nut butter on your morning toast or bagel (whole grain preferably organic).
-Remember how many great childhood lunches involved a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Upgrade that lunchbox favorite by spreading organic peanut or almond butter and concord grape jelly on whole wheat or whole grain bread.
-Fill a celery stick with nut butter for an afternoon pick-me-up.
-Sprinkle a handful of nuts over your morning cereal, lunchtime salad, dinner’s steamed vegetables.
-Or just enjoy a handful of lightly roasted nuts as a healthy snack.
Enjoy and stay lean and fit, Queridos!