Originally Posted by vyapti
My wife insists that nuts are a healthy snack. When I look at the nutritional information for any nut, though, it's fairly high in fat and its hard to eat just a handful. I don't think nuts are a healthy snack food at all. Am I missing something?
Nuts can be very healthy but the problem is since they are so energy dense people tend to go overboard with them. (they contain a lot of calories in such a small amount so it takes A LOT to fill you up)
As mentioned above, soynuts are a good alternative.. as long as you get the ones that have been dry roasted without the addition of oils. If you get the ones fried in oil they are just as high fat as regular nuts.
A good alternative to the classic "nut mixes" is to use only a handful of peanuts and then mix it with some air popped popcorn, mini-pretzels and some kind of crunchy cereal. (Crispix or Life works well) Mix everything together in a big bowl and spritz with a little bit of oil. Sprinkle on some garlic salt and chili powder and stir until everything is lightly coated.
It's a good snack mix that is easy to make and a lot lower in fat then if you eat nuts on their own.