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Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

Snacking for success ~ how nuts & others foods reward you

No – this is not a oxymoron. But how can this make sense, since snacking theoretically adds calories? Well, the truth is snacking can help or hurt a healthy diet. So what is a snacker to do? It all depends on what you snack on, how much and even when you snack (like not snacking before bedtime). So who can benefit from eating snacks.   Growing children with tiny appetites may not be able to fulfill their energy needs with […]

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Relax & go nuts at the same time

Relax & go nuts at the same time

Did you know that Almonds along with some other nuts and seeds- contains tryptophan. So what exactly is Tryptophan Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body can’t manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin which, ­in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a key role in sleep. Pumpkin […]

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Latest on the Almond Pasteurization Law

Latest on the Almond Pasteurization Law

Most people (not all) know that since 2007 all US almonds are pasteurized! Now, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH)” has submitted an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the plantiffs  (an amicus curiae, Latin for “friend of the court,” is an outsider who provides information to assist the court in making its decision). Their brief will allow ANH-USA to raise issues that may not be brought up by the plaintiffs during regular trial proceedings. It will also let them […]

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Pistachi-uh-oh! Or ~ why you should buy organic nuts!

Pistachi-uh-oh! Or ~ why you should buy organic nuts!

Nuts are an excellent source of nutrition for everyone and is an important part of a raw food and vegetarian diet! As most of our customers, raw food and organic community know ~ we  at Living Nutz are strong advocates for organic farming & foods. With that said, many of us know which fruits & veggies we should buy organic and which ones are ok to buy with conventional methods. The same could be said with nuts and seeds. Because […]

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Soaked sprouted nuts ~ the way to go!

Soaked sprouted nuts ~ the way to go!

Raw nuts are easy to eat right out of a bag, but many people prefer to soak nuts, especially walnuts and almonds as they find they have a more appealing taste after they are soaked and rinsed. If you try this yourself you will see, after as little as 20 minutes the soak water is brown. After a couple hours or so the residue and tannins from the skins are released into the water and the nut emerges with a […]

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Nuts for raisins? You should be! Found out why…

Research presented recently at the American College of Cardiology have shown that eating raisins three times a day, may significantly lower blood pressure, especially when compared to eating other common snacks. They are also packed with many health benefiting, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, phyto-nutrients and polyphenols (many polyphenols occur naturally in plants and some kinds, such as the flavonoids and tannins, are believed to be beneficial to health). In this study, according to Dr. Bays: “Raisins are packed with potassium, which is […]

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Walnuts are a brainy food because of Omega 3 – see why!

Walnuts are a brainy food because of Omega 3  - see why!

Walnuts are an excellent plant source for omega-3 fatty acids. They also look like the brain ~ think about it! Omega 3 Omega 3 -also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs),  plays a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Three of the important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). After you eat them, your body converts ALA (linolic acid) to EPS and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acid  in […]

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The heart of the matter- Cashews & Women’s Health (it’s all good).

The heart of the matter- Cashews & Women's Health (it's all good).

The Mighty Cashew Do raw cashews make a bad choice because of their high calorie content? Cashews, when incorporated into a healthy diet plan, offer a number of benefits for one’s health, by acting as a source of heart-healthy fats and helping you meet essential nutrient needs. As with most nuts, always eat them in moderation. Women Take Heart Although most of the calories, nearly 70 percent, in raw cashews comes from its fat content, most of the fat in […]

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The lean, the mean & the protein. Vegetarians got it covered

The lean, the mean & the protein. Vegetarians got it covered

There is a joke that vegetarians know- it goes like this: How may vegetarians does it take to screw a light bulb.  The answer I don’t know, but where do you get your protein. Everyone needs protein for their bodies to function. It’s necessary for maintaining the body’s normal growth and its muscle mass, its immune system, heart and respiratory functions. Protein is one of the big three macronutrients. The other two are carbohydrate and fat. Adequate protein intake is […]

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Focusing on fat

Focusing on fat

     It is somewhat confusing and daunting to remember which fats are good for you and those that are unhealthy. What are polyunsaturated, saturated and monostaturated fats ? . And what about omega 3 and omega 6. Also, many folks are still under the impression that low fat & no fat foods are a healthier alternative.      Studies have shown that for some people a low fat diet may be worse for their health than a diet of moderate or […]

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