I love delicious, crunchy nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and pistachios! They are one of my favorite snacks. Did you know that nuts are not only delicious but have many amazing health benefits for women?
Nuts are a rich source of antioxidants and protect your cells against free radical damage. They are also an excellent source of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Nuts help to reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. They also help to lower your cholesterol level, especially the unhealthy LDL cholesterol.
Many nuts are very good sources of vitamin E and are filled with magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper and B vitamins. These nutrients support strong, healthy bones, healthy collagen production, the strength and elasticity of your blood vessels, healthy blood production and a high level of energy.
Nuts are also a great food for reducing PMS and menstrual cramps and even help to assist weight loss by promoting a sense of fullness! In fact, research studies have shown that eating nuts twice a week actually reduces weight gain in women who want to shed unwanted pounds. Additionally, nuts reduce your risk of diabetes by lowering the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals. They also decrease your risk of gallbladder disease!
Eat a handful of raw almonds or spread creamy and delicious nut butter on crackers or slices of apples or bananas for a nutritious snack. Enjoy nuts and fruit together for a delicious and nutrient rich dessert.
You can also use nut flour instead of wheat or refined white flour to make the most scrumptious and tasty low carbohydrate cakes, cookies, tarts, breads and pancakes. I especially love using nut flour for my delicious and healthy strawberry shortcake! Love, Dr. Susan