Nuts!

I spent part of the morning weighing nuts before bagging them into single portions. Nuts are a great, healthy snack but be careful about overdoing it!

I spent part of the morning weighing nuts before bagging them into single portions. Nuts are a great, healthy snack but be careful about overdoing it!

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.

Sigh…

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.

A great chart I found at About Health. It breaks down the fat and carb content of nuts and seeds. A great resource for those eating low carb.

A great chart I found at About Health. It breaks down the fat and carb content of nuts and seeds. A great resource for those eating low-carb.

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