Did you know that eating nuts may help increase your lifespan, lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer, help in weight loss and are a benefit in diabetes management? How is it possible that such a tiny food possesses such amazing properties?
Nuts and seeds are such wonderful sources of micronutrients and healthful fats that I try to include them in a variety of ways when I am eating. I toss a few raw, walnuts and flaxseeds in my oatmeal at breakfast and add other nuts or seeds to the blender if I make a smoothie; I often add lightly toasted nuts and seeds to my salads at lunch and dinner; and I always use nuts to make creamy salad dressings and dips.
I also sometimes grind nuts as the basis of a crust, mixed with oats, for pies instead of using a traditional flour crust. Nuts and seeds are very versatile and healthful, but they are often mislabeled as fattening. They are calorie-dense, so they are not for snacking on. They replace the calories supplied by meats, oils and processed food in your diet and as such they offer well-documented cardiovascular and longevity benefits.