Client Question: Hey Annette and Matt, are nuts ok as snacks?
Our first suggestion would be to think of your snacks as meals too. Foods need to nourish and supply your body with nutritious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre to help you function and feel great.
Nuts contain more than 10g of fat per 100g of protein so for this reason we don’t rely on them as an ideal protein source. If we classify them as more of a fat source, then this means we only want to be consuming a very small serving size (think the size of your thumbs), which is no where near enough to satisfy you as a meal.
So long as you don’t have any type of intolerance to nuts, use them to add texture or bulk to salads, desserts etc but when you are wanting to change your body composition, they aren’t an ideal food to make up the bulk of a meal. On the other hand, I’ve been out to hens nights and have taken a container of almonds in my handbag to snack on to keep me from reaching for fried foods that are being served, so it’s all relative to the situation you find yourself in. Another thing to remember which is on our nutrition guideline, is that raw almonds are better than commercially roasted or coated nuts and even better than raw nuts are activated nuts as they are easier for the body to digest!
Number one rule when it comes to nutrition, your body is unique and does require a variety of proteins, carbs and fats to function at it’s best. What is best for someone else could cause you to feel sluggish or bloated. If you would like to learn more about what foods are best for your body, contact us today to discuss your goals and we can tell you more about how we use applied muscle testing to identify food sensitivities and other foods that may be slowing down your weight loss results. This is how we determine the best nutrition guidelines for our clients who come to train with us at Assist Personal Training in Lilydale!
Published 21st June 2016