Benefits of eating nuts

https://authoritynutrition.com/8-benefits-of-nuts/

Another top article (with interesting debate and comment at the end) on the benefits of nuts. If you haven’t picked up the nut butter recipe from my previous post, do follow the link in this article as it is well work a peek.

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Butter me up!

I bloomin’ love nut butters. I love them in stuff, on stuff or straight off the spoon.

Nuts and nut butters are a great go-to snack option for anyone trying to manage fatigue or blood sugar levels. So for effective management of chronic fatigue or diabetes, these should be in your cupboards and handbags/pockets (maybe just the nuts in your pockets, it could get a bit sticky with the butters).

I recently discovered walnut butter and used that in energy balls. It made a denser ball and was less sweet than almond or cashew butter but was still yummy. Here is a link to an easy peasy do it yourself nut butter recipe (or seed butter if you prefer). It can also be found in an article on nuts but I thought I’d post is separately as I didn’t want you to miss out.

Homemade Nut & Seed Butter

 

Driving me nuts

So my kinesiologist, who I rely on for my supplements to literally keep me going, says to me two weeks ago:

No nuts, no sugar, no wheat, no spice for two weeks.

Okay, I say, I can do no wheat and no sugar cos I do that anyway.

Oh, that includes sugar from raw fruit.

Oh no! I can’t give up nuts and fruit. What???!!!

But, it made me examine my diet. I make cookies with ground almonds, and energy balls with nuts and granola with nuts, and fake fudge with nut butter, and I snack on nuts and eat Body Me or Naked bars that contain….nuts!!!

Maybe, just maybe, I eat too many nuts. Yes they are a good fat, blah blah, but too much of a good thing?

Sooo I went back to porridge with cinnamon (I double checked that didn’t count as a spice I had to avoid) or a baked banana with 100% dark choc melting in the middle (HEAVEN). I found a recipe for energy balls with dessicated coconut and seed butter. I stewed apple with cinnamon. I didn’t bake any cookies but made courgette brownies instead.

And, I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I am past my two weeks of avoidance. Whether it’s that or the supplements kicking in or both, I don’t know but I do feel better.

Raw nuts take a lot of energy to digest (I discovered after I could have used nut butter and ground almonds, but hey) and like anything, if the system is overloaded it will run sluggishly.

Just a thought – maybe it would do you good to have a look at your diet and challenge yourself to avoid or cut back on one or two things and replace with other things.