…and sometimes you don’t.
Props to those of you who know the origin of that catchy line. Double props if you know the second line. If you don’t know it, I’ll let it drive you a crazy for a few minutes and tell you at the end of the post.
As a slogan it doesn’t really work for me, because I lovelovelove nuts! I have them in one form or fashion almost every day, and I thought it was a good time to give them a moment in the spotlight.
It goes without saying that nuts are tasty. It’s just some cosmic gift that they’re also good for us. (Would that we could say the same about pepperoni-extra-cheese pizza! *mournful sigh*) Nuts do our bodies right by being excellent sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, good-for-you monounsaturated fats, fiber, antioxidants–oh, all sorts of good stuff. We should eat nuts by the bucketful!
Okay, maybe that’s pushing it. Debbie Downer says nuts are not calorie free, and the healthy fat angle, unfortunately, doesn’t fall under the “if a little is good, a lot is better” clause. Dang the fine print! The good news is that with their trifecta punch of protein, good fats, & fiber, a serving of nuts will actually help with satiety. An ounce or so will do the trick!
Except peanuts eaten in a bar, which are addictive and may increase thirst, which in turn may have you ordering extra drinks, which may lead to you doing something worthy of a spot on the nutty people website. Just sayin’.
I didn’t know (or conveniently forgot) that nuts lose up to 10% of their healthy oils when roasted. And according to my alma mater, Reader’s Digest (April 2006), there’s a hierarchy to nut healthiness, listed here from most healthy to least:
- raw and freshly refrigerated
- freshly toasted or dry roasted (the DIY version)
- roasted in their own fat and salted (packaged)
- roasted in partially hydrogenated fat (eeeew!)
- sugared (yummy, but potentially disastrous)
So it looks like raw or DIY roasting/toasting is the way to go. That’s A-okay with me! I usually eat them right out of the bag (carefully measuring, of course), which I keep in the fridge for freshness. Nuts can go rancid in a hurry!
According to this brief nut primer, the top choices in nuts are walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, and macadamias. Follow the link for specifics on what makes each of them so very special. As the author advises, our best bet is to eat a variety of nuts to get the biggest health benefit. I confess, I usually alternate between pecans and almonds, or walnuts and almonds. Cashews are my absolute favorites, and I really need to add them in more often. (Oh, the burden of eating healthy(-ier).)
Okay, so it’s obvious that I’m nuts for nuts. What about you–love ’em/hate ’em? Do you have a favorite nut? (Present company excluded, of course.)
Oh! And the slogan, “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”, was part of the advertising campaign for Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars. The second line was “Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t.” Hope it didn’t set off any yearnings, and apologies if it’s stuck in your head now.