Nuts are one of the Foods of the Month (FoM) for April! To eat more nuts, sprinkle crushed walnuts or almonds on top of a salad instead of croutons for a healthy boost! Or serve cut up apples with all natural peanut butter for a quick and filling afterschool treat. Curious about the health benefits of nuts? Continue reading our list below.
Walnuts – These nuts have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which keep our brain focused and protect against sickness by boosting the immune system.
Almonds – Eat a handful of almonds for a healthy serving of essential vitamins and minerals. One quarter cup of almonds has about as much calcium as a quarter cup of milk. This serving size amount is also high in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E.
Cashews – These heart healthy nuts are lower in fat as compared to other nuts and are also high in essential vitamins and minerals.
Pecans – Pecans, like all nuts, are naturally sodium (salt) free, making them a great choice for people who are watching their salt intake. They are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Brazil nuts – These nuts contain antioxidants (such as selenium) to keep our bodies free of sickness and disease!
Macadamia nuts – These nuts are high in macadamia oil, a nutrient that is high in good fats. They are also cholesterol-free. Macadamia nuts may help reduce bad cholesterol, keeping our hearts in top shape.