Which nuts is your body craving and why?To answer that question, we first need to know who you are because nutrition (and nuts) shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. So, step into our office of nut cases and get your personalized advice on this ever important question. Disclaimer: We don’t discriminate against any kind of nut. We love ‘em all because they’re all terrific for you and your health, unless you’re allergic. Please don’t hate any of the nuts left unmentioned below.
Which description do you most identify with?
The Keto Diet
“I’m trying out the keto diet. I’ve been eating foods high in protein and fat, and keeping my carbohydrate intake to a minimum. Sugary sweet foods really aren’t my thing. I feel the best when I eat this way and do way better in my physical pursuits of weight lifting, cycling, climbing, or crossfit.”
Macadaaaaayumn, you should try this nut! Not only are macadamia nuts high in essential vitamins and minerals, but they are excellent sources of monounsaturated fatty acids. This attribute makes nuts great for those following the keto diet, which advises getting about 60-75% of your daily calories from fat. According to “ 7 Foods That Smother Your Metabolism and 7 Foods That Ignite It”, monounsaturated fats are the kind of foods that help our bodies burn body fat during exercise. Macadamias and their monounsaturated fat content boost our basal metabolic rate (BMR), which is “the amount of energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment” (www.bodybuilding.com). Cool, huh?
Recommended recipe: Oh-You-Fancy Macadamia Crusted Halibut With Mango Sauce!
“I’m a vegetarian and have been for a while. I’ve felt healthier since becoming a vegetarian years ago and I really don’t miss eating meat. I exercise often and live a very active lifestyle. I’m aware of my fat and protein intake, and do my best to eat healthy alternatives to meat. My favorite sources of fat and protein are coconut oil, ghee, nut butter, quinoa, cottage cheese, avocados, and seeds.”
Pssssssst….pistachios are meant for you. Vegetarians and pistachios are the best kind of relationship: healthy, natural, and genuine. Pistachios are the nut with the highest amount of protein per serving. A cup of pistachios contain 25 grams of protein. In comparison, a cup of chicken contains 38 grams of protein. Tell that to your grandma who is, “Just so concerned about your health” because of your plant-based diet the next time you see her (ooooooh, burn granny!). Pistachios also support the absorption of iron, which is key to warding off anemia.
Jazzy Pistachey Recipe for You: Jamie Oliver’s Persian Squash and Pistachio Roast
Clean Eating Machine
“Hmmm, well I don’t really have a label for the way I eat but for the most part, I eat a very clean diet. I steer clear of gluten, soy, dairy, refined sugars and anything and everything that is super processed. I also live an active lifestyle of cycling, hiking, swimming, walking, running, weight lifting, intense cardio, and the occasional yoga class.”
Almonds - all day, everyday. Just kidding, we know...consume everything in moderation blah blah blah. But almonds are seriously awesome, so if there’s one food to go nuts with, it’s a good idea to let it be almonds. They support overall health, which is what you seem to be up to with that clean diet of yours. :) Check out Nutrition Authority’s list of benefits each almond provides.
Almighty Almond Lover’s Recipe: Gluten-Free Almond Crusted Zucchini Sticks #YASSS