7 Reasons Walnuts Should Be Your Healthy, Go-to Snack
We’re in love with walnuts at all times of year, but there’s just something about biting into a still-hot slice of pumpkin bread studded with toasted walnuts and warming spices that hits home. Walnuts can also add crunch to salads, depth to cheese ravioli, nuttiness to pesto pasta, and you can’t beat them when it comes to any buttery, brown sugar crumble topping.
What else do walnuts win at? Nutritional benefits. They made it into our lists for the 30 healthiest foods you should eat every day, the 10 best heart-healthy ingredients, the best foods for fighting inflammation, and (duh) the healthiest types of nuts. Walnuts are basically a pint-sized package of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants that you can take with you on the go. They’re a mainstay in the mega-healthy Mediterranean Diet and about as versatile a food can get.
We spoke with Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RDN, about the endless health benefits you’ll reap when you snack on walnuts.