What are the best snacks to eat on plane? If you ever find yourself hungry and at a loss for a healthy snack … a handful of
raw nuts and seeds is virtually always a good choice. In fact, raw nuts and seeds are one place to start. Why? They’re not only full of healthy oils, easy to travel with in a small bag in your purse, they keep well at home in your fridge too! They are also contains the type of fats you eat that can change the inflammatory response in your body, especially flight attendants who work in high altitude most of the time where radiation is the highest.
“You can feast on whichever nuts and seeds appeal to you most, although some are arguably healthier than others. First, be sure to note that peanuts are not included in this list, as they’re not nuts,” says Dr Mercola.
Why? The nuts that follow are tree nuts, i.e. they grow on trees. Peanuts actually grow underground and, despite their name, are actually legumes – and not one I recommend eating.
Yet, be careful not to eat too many… any good things will go bad if you overeat or keeping it in the wrong place will have it go rancid. Why most nuts should be eaten in moderation? Not because they’re high in fat or calories. It’s the high protein content that you need to watch out for, especially in nuts like almonds and pistachios. Most Americans consume three to five times more protein than they need, along with excessive starchy carbs and not enough healthy fats. Excess dietary protein can lead to elevated blood sugar, weight gain, kidney stress, leaching of bone minerals, and stimulation of cancer cells, and it’s easy to overdo it if you eat a few handfuls of high-protein nuts.
1. List of nuts and seeds you can stock up in your kitchen fridge:
- Macadamia Nuts (no soaking needed)
- Pecans (you may soaked for 6 hours before consuming it)
- Walnuts (can soaked up to 4 hours)
- Almonds (can soaked up to 12 hours)
- Brazil Nuts (not necessary to soaked)
- Pistachios (can soaked up to 6 hours)
- Pumpkin Seeds (just sprinkle on your salad!)
- Sunflower Seeds (just sprinkle on your salad!)
2. But eat them in moderation. Prevent overeat by packing the right amount into smaller packs in ziploc bags before your trips. How much moderation? Your limit is 1 to 3 servings per day (1 serving is 5 Brazil nuts or macadamia nuts; 10 walnuts, almonds or cashews; or 1tbsp of nut butter). OR for person who are lazy like me to even count it, just grab a handful of macadamia nuts and throw it into your ziploc bag! ONE handful for each type of nuts in ONE single day.
3. Buy in bulk to save $$$! Keep the rest in your home freezer as nuts and seeds go rancid easily, so storing them in the refrigerator or freezer do helps!
So, what will change in your life if you adding healthy amounts of nuts to your diet? Nuts and seeds can help you to maintain your ideal weight over time, contrary to the popular opinion that nuts are “fattening.” In one review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or nuts substituted for other foods lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waists. Research presented at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition also highlighted nuts’ role in helping to reduce your risk of obesity.
That’s all for now. Hope you enjoy this yumlicious nuts and seeds article!