Living with a nut allergy can be extremely difficult at times, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet, not to mention the health risks and constant checking of food packaging for those ominous words ‘may contain nuts’. Nuts are often advertised as great healthy snacks, as they are great sources of fiber, healthy fats and vegetarian protein. However, there are alternatives that can help you battle your nut allergy.
Soy products have proved to be fantastic alternatives to nut products. Soy comes in all forms, from tofu, to soy crisps and even a peanut butter flavored soy spread. Soy is a great source of protein–something you might typically miss out on due to your nut allergy. Thankfully, these products are now more accessible and you can typically find products such as soy nut butter at your local health food store and some large supermarkets.
Looking for something nutritious to snack on, but feel limited by your nut allergy? Well, seeds are a healthy alternative that contains many vitamins and nutrients such as protein, iron and zinc which are good for the human body. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and various other types of seeds are a great alternative to keep you going until your next meal.
3. Dried Fruit
Not only healthy but often delicious, and it is so easy to carry around a bag of dried apricots for snack time. Dried fruit also provides you with a great many vitamins and minerals and can also be used in many recipes at home. Popular dried fruits with great health benefits are raisins, prunes and apricots to name a few. Eat dried fruit in moderation because they’re more condensed and contain more calories than a fresh piece of fruit.
Made from chick peas, this is a delicious alternative to spread on your sandwiches and can also be eaten with vegetables. Carrot sticks, broccoli, celery and hummus go very well together as an appetizer or snack. Hummus alone is full of iron and vitamin C, and is another good source of protein and fiber.
Olives provide a good alternative source of healthy fats that you might miss out on due to your nut allergy. They are rich in vitamins and monounsaturated fats and are also good for your brain. In addition, they are also quite low in calories and are known to contain substances that help in the fight against cancer. But, be careful of olives in cans though, as these are often high in sodium and should be washed thoroughly before consumption.
6. Avocados (Guacamole)
Avocados are packed with vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect against heart disease and also helps slow the aging process. They are also another great source of monounsaturated fats that help to lower your cholesterol. Avocados are a great source of fiber and contain 20 vitamins and nutrients. Furthermore, guacamole (the main ingredient of which is avocado) is a great healthy dip to have at parties served with tortillas. Also, because of avocados creamy and smooth texture, it’s used as a substitution in sandwiches instead of meat.