It’s okay to get a little, um, nutty for your health’s sake. Research reveals that people who eat around an ounce of nuts per day–whether they prefer almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, or another nut–tend to be thinner and have lower risk for heart disease and certain cancers compared to those who avoid nuts. Because nuts are high in fat, they are calorie-rich, so portion control is key. Nutritionally, all nuts are rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fat and protein and provide nutrients like vitamins B and E, magnesium, and filling fiber.
How to use them: Toast them to bring out even more flavor so you can use less. Chop and sprinkle over oatmeal, yogurt, salad greens, roasted veggies, or whole grains.