Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans are loaded with omega- 3s, magnesium, vitamin E, and other nutrients, but they're also full of fiber so they'll keep you feeling fuller longer, which is one of the many reasons that nuts— paired with dried fruit for a burst of sweetness— are one of my favorite snacks. Nuts are high in fat, so you do want to limit yourself to a small handful. (If you're eating nuts with dried fruit, that's a small handful total, not a handful of each.) I'm also addicted to Yumnuts roasted cashews (the sea salt fl avor is my favorite). They have less sodium per serving than most candy bars and contain only three ingredients: dry- roasted cashews (no oil!), sea salt, and gum acacia (a natural tree resin for texture). Plus, they come in a resealable package you can toss right in your purse. Natural nut butters make an equally excellent snack when spread on whole- grain or sprouted grain bread or alongside a piece of fruit, but stay away from Jif, Skippy, and other brands that contain added sugar, high- fructose corn syrup, salt, and other additives. Instead, try Justin's Almond or Peanut Nut Butters, or Adam's 100% Natural Unsalted Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy), which is made entirely from peanuts and contains no added sugars, salt, or oil.
If you're concerned about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, add Brazil nuts to your diet. Th ey're one of the richest dietary sources of the antioxidant selenium (1 ounce, or about a handful of nuts, provides about 1000 percent of your Daily Value), which is essential to preventing the breakdown of collagen. (Th ere is such a thing as too much selenium, though, so you don't want to overeat Brazil nuts.) You might also try soy nuts, which are roasted soybeans; they have a taste and texture similar to peanuts.
Seeds, including sunflower and fl axseeds, also provide a range of nutrients. Flaxseeds in par tic u lar (also known as linseeds) are an excellent source of omega- 3s, but they must be fi nely ground for your body to absorb the nutritional benefi ts. Buy it premilled or use a coff ee grinder to do the milling yourself. Sprinkle fl axseeds in smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt for an omega- 3 boost.
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Christa Miller's Homemade
In between takes on the set of Cougartown, Christa Miller snacks on homemade trail mix. Combine pumpkin seeds, sunfl ower seeds, and pistachios with a splash of maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Roast at 300° for 20 minutes. Add dried cherries (with no added sugars).
Whole- Grain Pasta