Adding nuts to a dish offers a crunchy texture and more flavor, but did you know that nuts can also boost your heart health? In fact, a recent study shows that people who eat nuts and seeds instead of meat as their main source of protein have a lower risk of heart disease.
“Nuts are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your heart health and joints, as well as protein and fiber, which help you stay full longer,” said Meaghan Butler, RD, a registered dietitian. “Just a small amount — about 1/4-cup per serving — is enough for a filling snack, helping you to cut calories and keep a healthy weight.”
Try this tasty Brussels sprout and pecan recipe to add more nuts into your diet.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the Brussels sprouts, pecans, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Turn the Brussels sprouts cut-side down.
- Roast until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
(Per serving: 1/8 of recipe)
- Calories: 168
- Fat: 13 g
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Sodium: 146 mg
- Protein: 5g
- Fiber: 5g
- Sugar: 3g
Eating a heart-healthy diet is just one great way to keep your heart in good shape.