CELEBRATING WITH NUTS
Put the “Doctrine of Signatures” to work for you over the holidays. Give a gift that combines brain and heart power AND reduce stress. Did you ever notice how the meat of the walnut shaped like a human brain? And it rests inside a hard skull-like shell? Walnuts support optimal brain functioning. Of all the nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of Omega-3 fats, making them excellent brain food. Omega-3 oils also shown to boost moods and relieve depression and other behavioral disorders. In fact, studies have demonstrated that children given Omega-3s have fewer attention deficit problems, making walnuts a really smart snack to pack for school.
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Nuts and seeds, in general, are nutrient rich and loaded with energy. Nuts contain the amino acid arginine, celebrated for its ability to lower the risk of heart disease. Walnuts are packed with protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. In purchasing walnuts, buy them fresh, making sure the flesh is white rather than yellow.
Pecan and almonds are also smart choices for nuts, while pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds pack the same list of nutrients, as well as cancer-fighting selenium. Nuts and seeds can be added to salads, tossed into trail mix, baked into oatmeal bars, or blended dried fruit into yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast. Trader Joe’s offers bags of pre-packaged single portion nut assortments provide a quick mid-day energy and brain boost.