Friday, January 18, 2008

Go Nuts
Looking for a healthy snack to munch on when that 4 o'clock slump rolls around or before you head to the gym? Grab a handful of raw nuts for a protein-packed snack that's full of healthy fat and fiber. Different nuts provide different nutrients, so eating a variety will keep you balanced. For example, almonds have a good amount of calcium and vitamin E, walnuts contain the greatest concentration of all nuts of omega-3 fatty acids, and Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium. Other nuts allowed on the Cheat to Lose Diet are hazelnuts, pecans, and peanuts (in moderation). As good as nuts are for you, they are also high in fat, so make sure you don't overdo it. Try separating portions of nuts into small snack-size bags to keep your intake under control.

Tip of the Day
Get Fat
Getting enough healthy, good-for-you fat in your diet is critical for building and maintaining muscle, keeping your metabolism revved up, and staying satiated after meals. In addition to nuts, other sources of healthy fats include olives, avocado, seeds, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, and oils like olive and canola oil. So help yourself to some healthy fat — in moderation!
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