Commonly used as a healthy alternative to crisps and less nutrient-dense salted treats. And, when compared to the processed crisps and packaged items, they do contain a lot more in the way of potential health benefits.
Full of healthy fats, moderate amounts of protein, and nutrients such as magnesium, selenium, vitamin E and more.
They are, however, also far more calorie-dense than the less healthy alternative.
(As an aside, whilst calories in vs calories out aren’t the be-all and end-all of nutrition as we discuss here, it’s still an equation we need to be aware of should weight loss be our goal)
For example, if we were to look at a handful of unroasted, unsalted almonds, vs a handful of salt and vinegar crisps?
The small handful of almonds would be around 170 calories and the crisps around 40.
The key to making sure you don’t overindulge and go off the proverbial calorie deep end with your nut portioning is to portion those bad boys out beforehand.
They make for a great snack (possibly alongside a protein shake?) and are a fantastic choice for on the go nutrition.
So to make sure you aren’t accidentally munching on 500 calories worth from a kingsized bag, buy yourself some small Tupperware containers and have only a single serving size (around half a handful) with you, as opposed to lugging around the entire package.
For nutrient purposes, I’d also advise switching your sources every day or week, going from walnuts, almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts etc (and avoiding the overly processed salted and roasted peanuts – they have more calories and similar nutrient density to the crisps: a lose-lose!)