I've heard some say nuts are the "junk food" of the paleo diet - any truth in that? And how often and how much nuts and berries do you eat?
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on July 07, 2014
at 11:27 PM
I do not count portions. I eat a lot berries everyday and 2 portions of nuts
on July 06, 2014
at 05:45 AM
For me, nuts are a good way to up my calories without filling up and add some extra minerals to my diet. The fiber:sugar ratio of the carbs is pretty ideal, and there's a nice energy:volume ratio there, where I can fairly easily throw down an extra 500 calories or so on top of a meal if I want to go nuts, though it's not something I like to do often (phytate + omega 6 town.) I think they work best in the handful range with rotation a few times a week to kick up a salad, or if you're outside and sweating, it's not a bad way to get some salt and fat in a convenient / portable snack while keeping the antinutrients away from your meal, although, I tend to try to shy away from snacking.
Pistachios are one of my favorites to throw in salads. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22458696) I recently finished off a pretty awesome mix I had stashed in a big jar in the freezer of sprouted organic raw walnuts, dry roasted + salted nonpareil almonds, roasted salted cashews, some dark honey + dark maple + cinnamon baked pecans, and raw cacao. I'm looking forward to getting some fresh walnuts in shell in october (4:1 omega 6:3 ratio.)
Berries, I eat fairly frequently, rotating through those as well. Usually as part of a salad. I eat a few of those a day more often than not. I'm always on the lookout for interesting hybrids / varieties of berries to keep it interesting.
on July 05, 2014
at 11:22 PM
Every day I'll have a portion of berries usually in full fat Greek yogurt with honey and seeds and milled flax with cinnamon. I also eat a mixed bunch of nuts with 80% cocoa dark chocolate. Yummy stuff.
on July 05, 2014
at 12:30 PM
Nuts are a great source of minerals and other nutrients and should be part of your diet. The reason they sometimes get a bad rap is that it is easy to over-eat them which can be a problem if you are trying to lose weight. But if you don't overdo it or if you can use the extra calories they're great.
A common breakfast for me is berries, almonds, and full-fat yogurt (I eat dairy) and I will often have a handful of nuts or two in the afternoon as a snack. I love berries and eat them all day long when they are in season like now.