Just A Little Nutty

BE ENRICHED!


With the weather being more crisp, many animals are making their last minute preparations for the chilly winter ahead.  Draining that last drop of nectar, or securing their shelter to stay warm for the next few month, being prepared for any possible contingency is a vital part of the life cycle.  There are other animals that harvest and store nuts & seeds as one of their main sources of sustenance, and these critter's smarts is the protagonist of our tale.  Nooooo not the animial, but the nut that their collecting.  Nuts are beneficial for anyone, & for any weight management goal, but just as a precaution, if you have any allergies related to nuts, be sure to speak with your physician as a safety measure.  At M.C Health & Wellness, we want to give you the benefits, but we never want you to experience any health issues from it.  Nuts are high in healthy fats, but there are several other advantages to these small "super pills".  



Super Pill?

Now brace yourself! I know I'm going to break some hearts with the next piece.  This could be the cause of future trust issues, because many of us have been deceived into believing something that is completely wrong for so long, and that is that NUTS ARE TECHNICALLY CONSIDERED FRUITS.  Maybe you're as shocked as I was when I first heard of this, but it's true.  What makes them stand out is that these fruits aren't sweet, and they are very high in healthy fats.

Some examples of nuts for snacks include:

  • Almonds

  • Brazil nuts

  • Cashews

  • Hazelnuts

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Pecans

  • Pine nuts

  • Walnuts

  • Pistachios



Use this list as a rubric to make up an any extra calories you need for the day.  I've talked too people who are in the process of losing weight and others that are pushing to gain muscle, and they ask for food suggestions as a filler between meals.  This is an excellent replacement from the large bag of oil infested potato chips vacating in the back of your pantry. Nuts are the best in several nutritional instances. 


According to healthline.com, 

"Nuts are highly nutritious. One ounce (28 grams) of mixed nuts contains: 

  • Calories: 173

  • Protein: 5 grams

  • Fat: 16 grams, including 9 grams of monounsaturated fat

  • Carbs: 6 grams

  • Fiber: 3 grams

  • Vitamin E: 12% of the RDI

  • Magnesium: 16% of the RDI

  • Phosphorus: 13% of the RDI

  • Copper: 23% of the RDI

  • Manganese: 26% of the RDI

  • Selenium: 56% of the RDI



Some nuts have higher amounts of certain nutrients than others. For instance, just one Brazil nut provides more than 100% of the RDI for selenium."  Even though the nutritional levels can change between the types of nuts, it's safe to say that across the grand spectrum that you can't go wrong with this healthy snack.  


Now I have to admit that reading this blog can leave you feeling a little nutty, but there's nothing crazy about wanting to improve your overall health.  Nuts have been proven to aid against weight loss, assist against type 2 diabetes, and they are jam packed with antioxidants, but they have been underrated and overlooked by so many people, myself included, for so long, and it's time to bring them to the light.  Same as the nut, how many other areas in your life have you overlooked something that can drastically change your life for the better, and replace it with junk like many people do when the push the healthy snack to the side and go to an entire pack of cookies.  Take books for instance.  Same as nuts, books have so much value in such a small package that people would rather watch gossip television that will in turn taint and pollute their minds.  Let's not forget that a healthy body and a healthy mind goes hand and hand.  Your mind is a factory, and will produce whatever is pour into it to produce.  If you're instilling life, you'll produce life.  If you're collecting garbage, you'll produce garbage.  Remember, there's nothing nutty about reading books that will encourage, inspire, and enrich your mind. 

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