Nuts Can Help Fuel Your Body Before and After a Good Workout!
Whether you’re working out to meet a fitness goal or you just like to stay active and in shape for your health, you know that nutrition plays a key role in keeping your body working for you.
Eating processed, sugar-filled ‘fitness’ or ‘health’ foods do not do your body any good – in fact, they don’t really provide you with any real nutrition because the good in them is stripped out by the bad (i.e. sugar, sweeteners, processed whole grains).
When it comes to nutrition, your body craves whole foods that help balance your macronutrients for optimal health, weight management and energy.
Raw, mixed nuts are one of the best foods you can eat to fuel your body. They’re high in healthy fats to help keep you slim. They contain a ton of essential nutrients to fuel not only your muscles but combat oxidative stress from exercise, maintain a healthy mind, and balance those hormones that are SO important for staying lean and strong!
If you are a bodybuilder or long-distance runner, you need more calories than your average gym lover; nuts are a great, healthy way to get those calories!
It’s super easy to add more raw nuts to your diet too.
Combine a few different nuts in a small baggie for a wonderful, filling and energy-boosting afternoon snack.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite natural nut butter to a smoothie for a protein kick.
Slather nut butter on toast or add it to your morning oatmeal.
Chop raw nuts and add to your yogurt, smoothies, or salads. The options are almost endless!
Avoid roasted, salted and/or seasoned nuts because they will strip more nutrients than they’ll provide.
Look for natural or raw nuts in the bulk section of your local grocery store – most now seem to have a great selection of raw almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pecans. Avoid peanuts most of the time, especially if you have an allergy, as peanuts are pro-inflammatory in many people.
Nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fats which, along with olive oil and avocados, help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and improve cognition.
They’ve also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ one) levels and may increase HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ one) levels.
Raw seeds, such as pumpkin, flax, sesame and sunflower, are a great addition to your diet too. Like nuts, seeds provide abundant antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and important vitamins and minerals.
Create Your Own Healthy Trail Mix:
Combine a combination of your favorite raw nuts and seeds to make a healthier trail mix. Then add in cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes and dried berries. You’ll cut down on your sodium consumption and reap the nutritional benefits of these great foods!