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Superfood of the Week: Health Benefits of Walnuts
When it comes to nuts, I have quite a few favorites, and walnuts are definitely on the list! Walnuts are a true powerhouse food, which is why they are the superfood of the week! They are shaped like a heart when you look at them in the shell and they also sort of look like a brain. Not coincidentally, they are good for both your heart and your brain!
Walnuts taste great and do great things for your body. Walnuts are high in essential nutrients including:
- omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) for improved heart health, joint health, and memory
- monounsaturated fat for good cholesterol
- protein for muscle repair and to keep you feeling full
- antioxidants to rid of toxins in the body
- fiber to help keep you full and regular
Studies have also recently shown that omega-3 fatty acids can also help prevent the
onset of diabetes; another great reason to eat more of this amazing food!
Walnuts can be eaten as is, or cooked up in a delicious meal. Try adding walnuts to the following foods:
- salads and soups
- cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt
- pesto (used as the main nut ingredient)
- vegetable stir fry
- your favorite recipes and baked goods
Nutrition Facts: An ounce of walnuts (14 halves or 1/4 cup) has 190 calories and 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.
How did you get your handful of walnuts today?