Walnuts: The Supreme Snack


iStock_WalnutI’m a little bit in love with walnuts.  It wasn’t always like this.  In fact, I’ve come full circle.  In the good ole days before diabetes, I studied with my close friend, John, in various cafes.  Often we’d share a brownie over coffee.  And for some reason, time and again, we’d sink our teeth into a gooey chocolate brownie ready for a taste of heaven, and instead encounter a walnut.  “Ewwww,” I’d say.

Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that brownies are a thing of the past, I’m all about walnuts.  I snack on them just about every day, since they’re pretty much the healthiest food around: an excellent source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids.  And studies have shown that increasing the dietary intake of walnuts can improve cardiovascular health.

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy walnuts, try tossing them into a salad, add them to your morning oatmeal, or just grab a bunch and eat them straight out of your hand.

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