Go Nuts! 9 Essential Nuts to Add to Your Snacking Arsenal

From pistachios and walnuts to pecans and cashews, nuts are incredibly versatile—and wonderfully healthy! Bursting with vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats, nuts are powerhouse foods that can easily be incorporated into a variety of dishes. Still need convincing? Read ahead to learn about the benefits of our favorite varieties.

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1. Brazil nuts

Native to the Amazon rainforest, Brazil nuts are full of selenium, an element that helps promote a healthy thyroid, bolsters the immune system, and speeds up the healing process of wounds. The Brazil nut cookies from the Brazil Box add a healthy dose of the nut to your snacking routine.

2. Pecans

With plenty of vitamin E and lower levels of cholesterol than most nuts, pecans are powerful antidotes to neurological diseases. Pecan pie never tasted so good.

3. Macadamia nuts

Full of healthy fats, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, macadamia nuts are a wonderful addition to any granola or trail mix. We love eating them with white chocolate!


4. Cashews

An excellent source of magnesium, iron, and zinc (which all help improve vision and memory), cashews are an excellent brain food. They’re delicious roasted and seasoned with sea salt and rosemary.

5. Almonds

Packed with calcium, almonds, vitamin E, and an incredible dose of fiber (more than any other nut on the market), almonds are a great snacking option for weight loss. Eat them on their own, or replace peanut butter with almond butter.

6. Pistachios

With potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6, pistachios are great for eye health. Plus, they’re easy to incorporate into snacks or prepared dishes. Try tossing them into a salad, chopping and coating them over a rack of lamb, or blending them into pesto.

7. Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are great source of folate and amino acids which help to prevent a variety of diseases, including Parkinsons. They’re an excellent addition to salads and delicious with nectarines and lemon vinaigrette.

8. Walnuts

With more antioxidants than any other nut and a large concentration of manganese, walnuts can help reduce inflammation and help prevent many diseases. Robust and filling, they’re a fantastic addition to almost any meal.

9. Chestnuts

Chestnuts are lower in fat and calories than any other nut and are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and many B vitamins. We love serving them roasted during the holidays!

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