By: Ruth-Anne Penner
When I was started in the fitness industry we were told to eat nuts sparingly because they are high in calories. Although that is true, since then we have discovered that they key to your health is not found in the simple mathematical equation of calories in, verses calories out.
I now teach that our body is biological in nature, not mathematical. Everything we take in affects how our body systems function. Over time what we habitually eat will either cause dysfunction in our body, or cause it to thrive.
Fat and calories have gotten a bad rap over the years. Since fat contain more calories than protein and carbohydrates, we've been told to stay away...but not all fat is created equal.
Heart-Protective Monounsaturated Fats
About 66% of the fat contained in cashews is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Studies of diabetic patients show that monounsaturated fat can help to reduce high triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a form in which fats are carried in the blood. It’s this high triglyceride levels that are associated with an increased risk for heart disease. So, ensuring you have some monounsaturated fats in your diet by enjoying cashews is a good idea, especially for persons with diabetes.
Chocolate Cashew Smoothie
1 cup cashew milk
1 frozen banana
1/8 cup raw cashews
1 Tbsp cocoa poweder or nibs *
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender for about 1 minute.
Serve and enjoy.
- For higher protein content you can replace the cocoa poweder with Vega chocolate plant based protein powder.
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