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Pecan, Peanut and Almond Snacks - My Favorite Roasted Nut Snacks of All Time

Updated on July 6, 2009

Roasted Nut Snacks Discovered

Roasted nuts make an excellent snack. Pecans, peanuts and almonds are loaded with fiber, but they do have a fair amount of fat. It is best to consume nut snacks that are roasted. Adding salts and sugars will increase the fat and calorie content, taking the nuts from a healthy snack to a fatty snack.

Peanuts are one of the most popular snack nuts in the country. They can be prepared in many ways, but are most commonly available in salted form. To get the most benefit from peanuts, it is best to eat them straight from the shell or roasted without salt. While adding a little salt or sugar will increase fat and calories, it is not a horrible thing to indulge in. Honey roasted peanuts are a popular snack and contain high amounts of fiber. Even though there are sugars and fat added from the honey, these remain a healthy legume alternative.

Almonds, Peanuts, or Pecans?

Almonds are another favorite. These nuts are high in calories. There are about 160 calories in a one ounce serving. Almonds also have saturated fat and natural carbohydrates. However, almonds do not contain any sodium. As long as you eat roasted almonds without the added salt or sugar glaze, they can be a healthy snack.

Pecans are very popular, especially in the southern states where they are used in many recipes. It is not necessary to smother these nuts in sugar to enjoy them! Pecans are a great source of fiber, protein and unsaturated fat. Pecans are also a source of antioxidants, which can help to reduce cholesterol. Pecan snacks are one of the healthiest nut snacks available.

Each of these nuts is known for their specific flavor. They all have health benefits when eaten alone, but when combined you can make yourself a nice little treat. Using these three roasted nuts, with some added dried fruit, can make a healthy, wholesome snack.

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The nutritional value of consuming Nuts as Snacks

For many years, dieters would stay away from any nut, thinking they were bad because of the high fat content. This is not true. Natural roasted peanuts, pecans and almonds are among the healthiest nuts one can ingest. There have been numerous scientific studies conducted on various nuts. One study has revealed that a one ounce serving of natural nuts daily can aid in reducing the risk of heart disease.

Roasted nuts add valuable vitamins and minerals to a diet. Most nuts are rich in vitamin E, folic acid, copper, protein and fiber. All of these are essential to a healthy diet. So, despite the fat content and sometimes high calorie count, pecan, peanut and almond snacks are a healthy choice.

Another asset to eating these nuts is that they are filling. This is because of the fiber content. Many people who eat nuts daily have reported eating less throughout the day. They feel full from eating the nuts and are less likely to eat other foods that contain fat and high calorie counts. In essence, adding nuts to a daily diet can help with weight management and control.

To reap the benefits of these three nuts, try mixing them together. A favorite dried fruit added in will add flavor and texture and you will develop your own personal trail mix! Try dried cranberries and blueberries, as these are also beneficial to your health. The fruit will act as a natural sweetener, and combined with pecans, peanuts and almonds, will make the perfect healthy snack.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Although they are all filled with fiber, Walnuts and Almonds are the most healthy of the four. I have Walnuts or Almonds every morning from breakfast, sprinkled on my cereal with berries.

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