Turned out Mr. Peanut dropped by to strut his stuff! LOL. I was sent some professional samples of both the unsalted peanuts and the lightly salted variety. Turns out the American Heart Association has certified these two with the Heart-Check mark, recognizing these delicious nuts as a heart-healthy food as a part of an overall healthy eating pattern.
Did you know that nuts are good for your energy level, too? Right now I’m writing my latest book, REBOOT- how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity. After reviewing more than 500 medical journal articles, I’m convinced that we’d all have a lot more energy if we’d eat more regularly (breakfast and regular meals are a MUST, and for many of us snacks are important, too) – AND, space out your protein intake.
Our body can only utilize about 20-30 grams of protein at a given time. That’s about what you’d find in a small piece of meat – about the size of a deck of cards. When you eat 20-30 g protein at one time, you’ve got a real good chance of adding lean muscle mass (and remember, more muscle mass equals higher metabolism…so you can EAT MORE…I love to eat). BUT, eat more than that…and you’re not going to make any more protein. All those extra grams of protein will go into fuel for the body (if you need more calories) – or (you’re not going to like this) FAT!!
So, to boost your energy level, eat a small amount of protein at every meal. And, for snacks, avoid the carb-rich snacks such as chips, cookies, and cola. Instead, snack on a protein-rich, heart-healthy snacks…such as peanuts!! Choose from unsalted and lightly salted for the filling crunch of your choice!!