Go Nuts (But just a little!)
Crunchy nuts are petite powerhouses of taste and nutrition.
They’re portable and delicious; both whole and in nut butter form, spread on apple slices, celery sticks and bananas.
Healthier choices are:
A serving size is a small handful or 1.5 ounces of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter.In addition to their superior snackability, nuts are fabulous in salads, stir-fries, breads, and stirred into yogurt. Or, try some nut butter in a smoothie! Compare nutrition labels and choose nut butters with the lowest amounts of sodium and sugar.
All nuts will go bad (rancid) in time so keep them in the fridge. The same goes for nut oils and nut butters in jars after you’ve opened them. Rancid nuts have an unpleasant smell and bitter taste. If you’re using nuts in a recipe, taste one to make sure it’s still fresh or you could ruin the whole dish.
Last reviewed 6/2015
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