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Almonds

Almonds

What are almonds? The edible seed of the almond tree. Why should I eat almonds? They are the ultimate power food. If you want to increase your protein and fiber intake, protect your cells from damage, and get some heart-healthy fats, then eat almonds. Protein […]

Cashews

Cashews

What are cashews? The seed that grows on the end of the cashew apple – a yellow, pear-shaped fruit from the tropical cashew tree. It’s technically a seed. Why are cashews good for me? If you’re looking to increase your intake of protein and heart-healthy […]

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

What are chia seeds?

A tiny black and white edible seed that comes from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico and dating back to the Aztec and Mayan cultures. They are harvested from the plant’s dried up flowers.

Why are chia seeds good for me?

Known as an “ancient superfood,” these mighty seeds are packed with:

Omega 3s – help reduce inflammation and lower the fat levels in your blood, which can put you at risk for heart disease.

Protein – helps you repair and build lean muscle.

Antioxidants – helps reduce damage to cells, which in turn prevents aging.

Fiber – helps keep you “regular” and full for longer

How do I use chia seeds?

You can add them to anything: smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, cookies, cakes and pies.

What kind of chia seeds should I buy?

A brand with the only ingredient being ‘raw chia seeds’. You can buy both whole or ground chia seeds. I typically buy Nutiva Organic Chia Seed, Ground, 12 Ounce ground chia seeds as they’re more versatile and can be added more easily to recipes.

Ground Flaxseed

Ground Flaxseed

What is ground flaxseed meal? The ground up seeds from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world. Why are ground flaxseeds good for me? If you’re looking for something to keep you full for longer but isn’t high in carbohydrates, than flax […]

Nut Butters

Nut Butters

What are nut butters? Nuts ground into a paste. The most common ones I buy are peanut butter and almond butter. Which is healthier, peanut butter or almond butter? Well, both are better than eating, let’s say…a snickers bar. However overall, almond butter is healthier […]

Pecans

Pecans

What are pecans?

The edible seeds of the pecan tree which grows in the southern United States and Mexico.

Why are pecans good for me?

The pecans claim to fame is its high levels of antioxidants, where it places among the top 15 in the world! These antioxidants counteract damage to your cells and can reduce blood cholesterol levels and help to prevent heart disease.

How can I use pecans?

Sprinkle on oatmeal or yogurts, use in granola or baking (they make great pie crusts!). I even roast them in the oven and eat them plain. Roasting them brings out an even sweeter flavor.

What kind of pecans should I buy?

Try to buy raw, unsalted pecans, this way you can control your salt content and roast them yourself later. I always buy Two Pounds Of Pecans Raw – We Got Nuts

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

What are pumpkin seeds? The edible, dried and roasted seeds of pumpkins. Why are pumpkin seeds good for me? Pumpkin seeds are high in: Vitamin E – an antioxidant to help protect your cells from damage. Manganese – helps the body form connective tissues and […]

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

What are sunflower seeds? The seeds of the edible fruit of sunflowers. Striped sunflower seeds are the ones used primarily for food purposes. Why are sunflower seeds good for me? Not only are sunflower seeds a great plant-based protein source for helping build and repair […]

Walnuts

Walnuts

What are walnuts?

The seeds of the walnut tree.

Why are walnuts good for me?

I know some people who don’t eat walnuts because they’re “too fattening”. That’s funny because they actually help lower the amount of triglycerides, or fat levels, in our blood due to the Omega-3s, which also help with inflammation. On top of that, they’re also high in copper and manganese, which helps form strong connective tissues and build healthy bones.

How can I use walnuts?

You can add them to trail mixes, smoothies, oatmeal, breads, cookies and cakes, grind them up to add to pie crusts, or just eat them by the handful.

What kind of walnuts should I buy?

These are the best bang for your buck Kirkland Signature Walnuts, 3 Pounds. Regardless, try to buy raw walnuts. You can always toast them yourself later.