Whole Foods Lifestyle - Nuts
07-31-2009, 04:29 AM
Ive decided to incorporate some nuts into my diet after avoiding them forever because of the fat/calorie content. i realise it is good fat (mono-unsaturated), but to me calories were calories non the less and i avoided them, but my opinion on the is starting to change on them i think they might be worth the calories. and also since switching to mainly wholefoods diet, ive been eating a lot less calories naturally, no empty calories. so i could incorporate them without doing any harm.
anyhow, my question is, which nuts do you all eat and why? and how much? i was thinking of going to almonds as theyre supposed to be the most nutritious nut, and maybe flax seeds.
07-31-2009, 09:50 AM
I eat any nuts that I like. :) Almonds are pretty widely regarded as the most healthy, but I can't stand them. I tend to like the nuts that are the most oily - cashews, pecans, and macadamia nuts are my favorites. I also like peanuts, but I prefer them lightly salted, so in the interest of not eating TOO much sodium I don't eat them all that often. I use pine nuts occasionally when cooking, but I can also eat those straight, I love those things. As for seeds, I eat sunflower seeds once in a while, mostly on salads.
07-31-2009, 10:41 AM
Oh how I would just love to jump into a swimming pool filled with nuts only, and just swim and eat! I love nuts!
07-31-2009, 11:15 AM
They're all good for you. I say start with what you like that best, and then start trying to introduce some variety.
07-31-2009, 10:54 PM
GOD I love 'em. Some ways to incorporate them?
Add a handful of chopped walnuts to your tuna salad.
Make pesto -- fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, a bit of grated parmesan, salt, pepper
Salad: tossed greens with mandarin slices, almond slivers and raspberry viniagrette
MMMmmm, NUTS. I wanna join Ms Mug in that swimming pool...
07-31-2009, 11:09 PM
I eat almonds, sunflower seeds and soy nuts.
sunflower and soy I put on my salad, almods I eat raw.
08-01-2009, 11:38 AM
But are they only healthy raw?
08-01-2009, 02:53 PM
Walnuts are my favorites, I eat about 1/2-1 oz a day on my cereal. Pecans are also good, and cashews. Almonds, eh, I can take them or leave them.
08-02-2009, 12:36 AM
nuts are really good for you! I especially like walnuts- a source of omega-3 fatty acids. it's best not to cook them, which diminishes this, but you can toss them into cooked foods (stir fries, pasta, etc.) at the end of cooking.
In "The 12 Best Foods Cookbook" Dana Jacobi writes, "If you're still worried about fat and calories, consider this: In clinical studies where nuts replaced other foods, subjects lost weight and said they found the nuts helped them keep it off." (it doesn't say what foods the nuts replaced...)
I like them as a snack with an apple or pear. I love walnuts with parmesan cheese ( i don't indulge in this these days...)
I also like pumpkin seeds a lot, and throw them in salads or mix them with nuts and fruit in yogurt. sometimes i'll throw some nuts in a blender with a vinaigrette. walnut oil is also delicious- not cheap, but a drizzle of flavor goes a long way.
Thighs Be Gone
08-02-2009, 11:38 AM
I do raw almonds on my morning breakfast. If I eat something else for breakfast, I incorporate them later in the day.
I also use ground flaxseed on my breakfast.
I very much agree with you--they are both worth the calories.
08-02-2009, 04:46 PM
Im a vegetarian so I use nuts alot in my diet. For protein and walnuts for omega 3s. They say you shouldnt eat to many coz of calories but I eat alot of nuts everyday and Im still loosing weight. So im tossed on the calorie thing. I love all nuts except im not to hot about pecans.
08-02-2009, 04:50 PM
I'm definitely a nut nut:) I eat about 150 calories worth of walnuts and/or almonds everyday. I'm trying to branch out and eat some other types, too, like brazil nuts, which are high in Selenium.
08-02-2009, 06:34 PM
Is there any benefit to eating them if they aren't raw?
08-02-2009, 08:20 PM
sure, they are still healthy if they are not raw! they have protein, fiber, calcium, iron and lots of other vitamins and minerals. plus, they are delicious and very satisfying! they are high in calories, but they are nutrient dense no matter how you eat them. toasting nuts (carefully, so they don't burn) really brings out great flavor. i think a healthy diet means healthy, satisfying, interesting food with lots of flavor, texture and variety.
this is a goo link for nutritional info on all kinds of foods: http://www.nutritiondata.com/
08-02-2009, 08:38 PM
Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds - YUM!
are my three favorites.
08-02-2009, 08:54 PM
I eat raw nuts daily. They are a healthy protein. Sometimes I crave those delicious salthy nuts, and so I eat them and enjoy them.
08-11-2009, 12:32 PM
Trader Joe's Almond Butter (I like the crunchy kind) is one of my staples. I put a Tbs in my morning oatmeal and use a Tbs in the evening on my Ezekial bread. It's very filling and I like it better than peanut butter or eating whole nuts. Nuts are also good for lowering your cholesterol.