Simple and easy, National Grab Some Nuts Day is all about recognizing and celebrating this healthy, tasty and versatile treat!
History of National Grab Some Nuts Day
Scientists believe that nuts have probably been part of the human diet since the beginning of history. In fact, some of the oldest walnut remains ever discovered were found in Iraq and are believed to be more than 50,000 years old.
Often considered by Ancient Romans and Greeks to be “food for the gods”, nuts were commonly used as trade items, and were also sometimes used to make oil. Almonds were also ground into flour or made into “milk”.
As one of the first convenience foods, nuts were easily transportable and naturally preserved, as well as being nourishing and filling. Every type of nut, from pistachios to pecans, from chestnuts to almost, has its own unique history that has brought them all together into the modern era.
And National Grab Some Nuts Day is here to celebrate them all!
How to Celebrate National Grab Some Nuts Day
A simple day to celebrate, National Grab Some Nuts Day offers an easy solution to snacking just in its name. Wondering what to eat for a snack? Grab Some Nuts!
Grab Some Nuts, Of Course
Peanuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews and more! Whether enjoying them individually or as a handful mixed together, nuts make a great snack filled with healthy fats and vital protein.
Often these types of nuts are roasted with salt, but the unsalted variety can be a bit healthier as they avoid adding extra sodium to the diet. Whatever way is chosen, the plan for the day is to grab some nuts and enjoy them.
Learn About the Health Benefits of Nuts
Depending on the variety, nuts can have excellent health benefits that includes:
Tons of Nutrients
Protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, copper and selenium.
Rich in Antioxidants
The polyphenols found in nuts can help to fight oxidative stress in the body and neutralize damage-causing free radicals.
Might Help with Weight Loss
With unsaturated fats, many people eat nuts as part of the Mediterranean diet and many studies have shown that nuts may help to lose weight.
Low in Carbs
Since they don’t raise the blood sugar much when eaten, those with diabetes or metabolic syndrome may benefit from snacking on nuts.
Cook with Nuts
Many people don’t realize how adaptable and flexible nuts can be in various recipes. They add a tasty, crunchy flavor that is unique and delightful, as well as being healthy, nutritious and convenient to eat.
Of course, nuts can be used in sweet baked goods, like banana bread and oatmeal cookies, or placed on top of brownies. They also make delectable treats when mixed with popcorn and caramel sauce, or when made into a savory, spiced nut party mix. But nuts can also be super delicious when thrown on top of a lettuce salad, added to Asian style dishes, put into chicken salad, and much more.