We've all heard about the benefits of nuts over the years, and the hype is 100% true. They’re packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, protein and a bunch of nutrients key to athletic performance. I love topping my breakfast porridge, yogurt, and salads with nuts or just grabbing a handful as a snack in between meals. Here are 5 different nuts to consider adding to meals or as snacks on the go! 🥜
𝗔𝗹𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗱𝘀: Great source for magnesium, manganese and vitamins E and B. Their high antioxidant content results in increased stamina and faster recovery time.
𝗣𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗼𝘀: Nutrient dense with high levels of potassium, vitamins A, B6, manganese and copper. Replacing minerals lost during exercise is crucial for muscle function and the zeaxanthin in pistachios has been shown to reduce muscle degeneration.
𝗣𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘀: High for manganese, antioxidants, and good for your cardiovascular system. Studies have shown regularly eating pecans improves cardiovascular lipid profiles, and the antioxidant properties boost muscle repair and reduce recovery time.
𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘄𝘀: A nutritional powerhouse with high levels of vitamin K, magnesium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc and phosphorous. This increases red blood cell production, helps reduce cramps and muscle spasms, and improves recovery.
𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗻𝘂𝘁𝘀: One of the best nuts for brain health with twice as many antioxidants as most other nuts. Walnuts are also extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.