I’m busy coming up with quick, easy snacks for the hubby and me. This morning I spent some quality time weighing and bagging some of my favorite nuts – macadamia, walnuts and almonds.
Nuts are a great, healthy snack loaded with healthy fats and nutrients like Vitamins A, E and magnesium.
However it’s easy (too easy!) to devour large amounts without feeling full. Trust me, I’ve eaten jars of peanuts (not really a nut; it’s actually a legume!) in the past.
Lesson learned. Now I bag the nuts into single serving sizes – 1 ounce each.
I use to keep the nuts in a jar on the counter, easy access for a grab-n’-go snack (way too easy!). Now that little jar sits in my pantry. Yes, I still remember where the nuts are, but I’m more mindful before reaching for them.
On average I eat a single serving size twice a week. Anything more than that and my weight loss starts stalling.
A Word About Nut Butters
Let me just say that nut butters are awesome, but there are weeks where I can’t control my portions. I grab a spoon and go to town. So sadly I’ve stopped buying nut butters for now.
I know what you’re thinking, “Dot, surely your insanely tall husband could put them on a shelf out of your reach?”
We’ve tried that and it doesn’t work. During those weeks where I crave me spoonfuls of that creamy goodness, I’m like a Sherpa climbing Everest.
Carbs & Fats In Nuts (& Seeds)
Since not all nuts are low-carb friendly, here’s a little chart from About Health breaking down the carb and fat counts for nuts.