Snack Smart, Snack Right With Walnuts!
- Nmami Agarwal, Founder and CEO- NmamiLife
We’ve always believed walnuts to be ‘super nuts’. In fact, over the years, research has proven that walnuts are packed with nutrients to support the heart, brain, and gut. Not only do they have prebiotic properties that enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, but they also act as an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 ALA, which is essential for heart health.
Moreover, considering the times that we’re living in, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently suggestedincorporating foods like walnuts into one’s diet to maintain optimal immune function and good health. As per FSSAI Eat Right During Covid-19 Guidelines, vitamin-B rich plant-based foods such as walnuts helps strengthen the nervous and immune system. They are a simple snack that can keep you full and satisfied in between meals, thanks to a combination of key nutrients, including plant-based protein (4g/28g), fiber (2g/28g), and omega-3 ALA (2.5g/28g).
So there you go! You now have all the more reason to start snacking on walnuts, and we’re happy to pitch in with some ideas. Choose the one that works best for you and prepare to give your diet a major health boost, with the help of walnuts.
Your breakfast buddy
A handful of walnuts makes for an excellent way to begin your day. You can also blend some walnuts into a smoothie or turn it into a silky smooth spread to eat with toast.
Your go-to noon fix
Feeling those hunger pangs come noon? Instead of opting for an unhealthy snack, keep a small box of walnuts handy. If you’ve got the time, you can always whip up some honey walnut energy bars to tide you over until it’s lunchtime.
Your afternoon pick-me-up
Sometimes, you need something to lift you up from that lazy afternoon slump. And isn’t it better to choose a healthy option such as walnuts instead of heading straight for those packets of processed food? Snacking on some walnuts is a great way to keep your tummy and yourself, full and happy in the afternoon.
Your post-workout snack
Exhausted after that intense workout? Don’t worry. Walnuts are an excellent refuel snack after a taxing workout. Munch on a handful even as you ride that after-workout happy high.
Your diet pal
Trying to manage your weight by watching your calories? Incorporate walnuts into meals and snacks for a simple and convenient way to add important nutrients that will help you stay fuller longer. Feeling full, or satiated, can play a role in how much you eat and help with weight management. Plus, walnuts definitely make for a tasty snack!
Your late-night craving solution
Let’s face it – we’ve all had some pretty serious late-night cravings! More often than not, it’s easy to indulge in a piece or two of chocolate at such times. Next time, consider walnuts. Not only are they a healthier option for a late-night snack, but they also help you feel full, keeping you away from snacking on anything else until you hit the bed.
You see? Walnuts are super versatile and jam-packed with health benefits. So, make sure to incorporate a handful of walnuts into your daily diet and prepare to set off on the road to good health.