Firstly, have you checked out Sarah-Jane on the SELF Eat Like Me Blog? She was the well-deserved winner of the SELF blog contest and is sharing lots of great nutrition tips. It was so much fun being a part of the blog with her, as well as Michelle Dudash and my good friend Susan Dopart. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted!
Since Nicobella launched the Munch line this past year and our Facebook friend, Kate Spencer, recently mentioned our Maple Pecan Munch on the Nicobella Facebook page, we thought it would be a good time to let you know the health benefits of this tasty nut.
As you probably know, nuts are nutrient dense and naturally cholesterol free. Many nuts also help to lower LDL cholesterol which may reduce the incidence of heart disease. The serving size to meet these benefits is about one ounce or a handful of nuts.
For pecans, the serving size is about 15 pecan halves. One serving of pecans has the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat making it a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans.
Pecans are also a fantastic source of oleic acid, the same type of fatty acid found in olive oil. This type of fatty acid can not only help with heart disease but also reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Also, pecans (along with hazelnuts and walnuts) have been shown to have the highest amount of antioxidants levels of all nuts tested. At Nicobella we love our high antioxidant foods!
Finally, nuts are not fattening. Many studies have shown that by including a handful of nuts in your diet everyday you can actually reduce body fat levels. And they are probably the simplest way to snack. They require no preparation other than opening up a bag, grabbing a handful and enjoying the crunch!
Coming this fall, Naked Maple Munch.....maple coated roasted pecans with sea salt. They are so yummy as a snack or thrown into salads. Now through September 1st get a sample bag of Naked Maple Munch with your purchase!