New favorite snack: nuts.
They’re packed with protein, fiber, and heart-healthy essential fats. Almonds are rich in calcium and Vitamin E (good for skin health). Cashews contain iron and zinc, which are great for vegetarians, and magnesium, which is great for everyone. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and omega-3s, helping to lower LDL (the “bad” cholesterol and primary cause of heart disease).
(Peanuts aren’t technically nuts–they’re legumes and, as such, contain lectins that can cause damage to the gut lining, so are not advisable for people with food allergies/intolerances, autoimmune conditions, or leaky gut.)
Many health sources recommend eating a serving of nuts per day (a serving is a small handful, about 1.5 ounces). Eat them raw if you like, or make them even more yummy: