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Smoothie Tip: The Benefits of Adding Nuts to Smoothies

Audrey Herndon Aug 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Topics: Smoothie Tips & Tricks Health & Wellness

Nuts come in many different shapes, sizes, and flavors, making them the perfect grab and go snack. Nuts are a healthy alternative to junk food, and they can bump up the nutrition of any meal. Nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, healthy fat, antioxidants, and countless vitamins and minerals. Including nuts in your everyday SmoothieBox Super Smoothie can help in weight loss, make your smoothie more filling, and help reduce your heart disease and diabetes risk. Try adding these eight nuts to your daily smoothie.

8 Healthy Nuts to Add to Smoothies

Let's take a look at eight super popular nuts and breakdown their nutrition facts in a one-ounce serving: Walnuts, Pecans, Peanuts, Cashews, Macadamia, Almonds, Pistachios, and Hazelnuts.

Walnuts

  • Calories: 182
  • Fat: 18g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. Reduces risk for heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol and reducing blood pressure and inflammation.
  • Try adding walnuts to SmoothieBox's Cacao Super Smoothie »

Pecans

  • Calories: 193
  • Fat: 20g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Pecans are high in antioxidants and help to lower LDL cholesterol. They are also high in monounsaturated fats, making them super heart-healthy.
  • Try adding pecans to SmoothieBox's Clementine Super Smoothie with this Pecan Pie Smoothie Recipe »
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Peanuts

  • Calories: 176
  • Fat: 17g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Peanuts are not technically tree nuts; they belong to the legume family. Natural peanuts and peanut butter help improve heart disease and diabetes risk factors. It is important to choose brands that do not include added sugar, oil, and salt because these unnecessary ingredients offset peanuts' health benefits.
  • Try adding peanut butter to SmoothieBox's Berry Super Smoothie with this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl Recipe »
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Cashews

Macadamia Nuts

  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 21g
  • Protein: 2g
  • The high-fat content in macadamia nuts comes from a large amount of healthy monounsaturated fats. This type of fat is incredibly beneficial for heart health and controlling cholesterol levels.
  • Try adding macadamia nuts to SmoothieBox's Berry Super Smoothie »

Almonds

  • Calories: 161
  • Fat: 14g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Almonds contain a number of important nutrients that may help reduce heart disease and diabetes risk factors. They also are known to aid in weight loss and help lower blood pressure in those who are overweight.
  • Try adding almond butter to SmoothieBox's Cacao Super Smoothie with this Cacao Almond Smoothie Recipe »SmoothieBox-Smoothie-Recipes-With-Nuts-Almond-Chocolate-Smoothie-Recipe

Pistachios

  • Calories: 156
  • Fat: 12.5g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Pistachios are incredibly high in fiber in protein, making them a great addition to any meal or just plain as a nutritious snack. Like other nuts, they help improve heart disease risk factors and reduce blood pressure.
  • Try adding pistachios to SmoothieBox's Green Super Smoothie »

Hazelnuts

  • Calories: 176
  • Fat: 9g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Hazelnuts are rich in lots of nutrients, including a high amount of Vitamin E. They also help lower LDL cholesterol and improve the function of blood vessels.
  • Try adding hazelnuts to SmoothieBox's Cacao Super Smoothie with this Hazelnut Cacao Smoothie Recipe »SmoothieBox-Smoothie-Recipes-With-Nuts-Hazelnut-Chocolate-Smoothie-Recipe

Adding nuts to your morning smoothie is a delicious and healthy way to customize your SmoothieBox Super Smoothies, add natural plant protein to your diet, improve your numbers, consume more fiber, and help keep you satisfied longer. 



References
Robertson, R. (2018, September 26). The Top 9 Nuts to Eat for Better Health. 

Audrey Herndon

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Audrey is a summer intern for SmoothieBox working in the marketing and social media department. She is a rising junior at Elon University with a marketing major and strong passion for health, wellness and fitness! In her free time you can find her going for a run or at the beach with friends.

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