When life gets busy as it often does and you need a quick and convenient snack, your first thought may be to reach for items containing unhealthy ingredients such as sugar-filled protein and energy bars, trail mixes with candies or chocolate, or bagged chips.
All the while, you may be shunning nuts and seeds from your diet, believing the fat content could lead to weight gain.
In reality, many nuts make for a near-ideal snack given their healthy fat, vitamin, antioxidant and fiber content. If you’ve avoided them out of concern for your weight, I strongly urge you to reconsider, and here’s why…
Nuts: Nature’s Original Snack Food
Why do I believe that many nuts make an excellent snack food?
Nuts are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They have been known to boost your heart and overall health. In fact, a recent study revealed that nut eaters gained several health benefits compared to non-nut eaters, including lower weight and systolic blood pressure, decreased waist circumference and a lower risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
But eating just any nut won’t satisfy these benefits. It’s best to choose raw, organic nuts and avoid those that are irradiated, pasteurized or coated in sugar.
Generally speaking, each type of nut will offer a slightly different mix of nutrients for your health. Some great options are macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. In fact, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even revealed that a 1-ounce serving of almonds has a similar amount of total polyphenols as a cup of steamed broccoli or green tea.
One of the healthiest aspects of almonds is their skins, as they are rich in antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits.
Instead of grabbing the first sugar-laden treat you see when you need a quick snack, consider packing raw, organic almonds as a healthful and filling option.
Even When Labeled Raw, Most Almonds in the U.S. Are Pasteurized
The problem with most almonds in North America is pasteurization. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented a mandatory pasteurization program for almonds in 2007. If you purchase almonds in North America, they will most likely have gone through one of the following pasteurization methods:
- Oil roasting, dry roasting or blanching
- Steam processing
- Propylene Oxide (PPO) treatment — a highly toxic flammable chemical compound once used as a racing fuel before it was prohibited for safety reasons
What’s alarming is that pasteurized almonds sold in the U.S. can still be labeled “raw” even though they’ve been subjected to one of the damaging treatment processes listed above.
The Almond Board of California states they have conducted independent nutritional lab analyses that show pasteurization does not degrade the nutritional value of almonds. Sound familiar? This is exactly what was falsely claimed for pasteurized milk. However, we know that raw milk and pasteurized milk are two very different foods from a health standpoint, and it stands to reason that raw and pasteurized almonds are too.
For years, I’ve been consuming raw organic almonds — whenever I could find some up to my standards. It occurred to me that I should offer these simply delicious, unpasteurized almonds to consumers — a truly healthy, beneficial snack.
Not only are these almonds the best of the best in my book, they also have a special ingredient that makes them stand out even more: probiotics.
Probiotics — A Gift to Your Gut and Immune System
From the very first breath you take, you're exposed to probiotics.
On the way through the birth canal during a normal delivery, a newborn gets dosed with bacteria from their mother. This event starts colonization in the infant's gastrointestinal (GI) tract of "good" bacteria. Compelling new research now shows many caesarean-section infants have less-than-optimal health after birth. This is most likely because they are not exposed to the mother's healthy bacteria in the birth canal which would then serve to populate its own GI tract.
As you mature, you're faced with many threats to the beneficial bacteria in your gut... from chlorinated drinking water... to overly processed foods.
The "good" bacteria in your gastrointestinal system can only provide you with optimum health if the proper balance of different types of bacteria is maintained in your gut.*
This is where probiotics can have a profound effect... not just on your GI health, but on your overall health as well.* Keep in mind, 80 percent of your immune system actually lives in your gut.
Probiotic formulas are available with many different types of bacterial strains... with the most common being Lactobacillus acidophilus.
In general, the major benefits of high-quality probiotics are to...
- Aid you in digesting food, particularly hard-to-digest foods and foods to which some individuals are more sensitive*
- Enhance the synthesis of B vitamins and improve calcium absorption*
- Help you keep a healthy balance of intestinal microflora*
- (In women) Promote vaginal health*
- Support your immune system*
…and more. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce my probiotic-enhanced Organic Almonds.
Want a Little More Variety?
If you’re looking for a little more variety in your raw, convenient snacks, I want to introduce another highly versatile snack for your busy lifestyle: my organic trail mix, or Superfood Energy Mix.
I know what you’re thinking… some trail mixes aren’t very healthy. But with the elimination of sugar-laden milk chocolate and legumes like peanuts, plus the addition of raw, organic almonds, crunchy pumpkin seeds, mulberries, goji berries, coconut chips, and cashews, I’ve managed to create a mixture using some of the best and tastiest superfoods.
Try my trail mix as an alternative to ones you might find on many grocery store shelves, which are chock-full of additives and potentially unhealthy ingredients.
All the ingredients in my Superfood Energy Mix are raw for maximum nutrition, since certain nutrients start to degrade at higher temperatures. There are also no preservatives such as sulfur dioxide, “natural” or artificial flavors, salt, sugar, or additives of any kind.
Each batch of trail mix is handcrafted in a certified organic facility and is free of many common allergens. No dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, gluten, or bioengineered ingredients are permitted in the manufacturing facility.
My Superfood Energy Mix is a great, healthy snack for an afternoon pick-me-up, or for any time of day you need a fulfilling and energizing treat. While the complex carbohydrates in the mix provide a quick energy boost, the healthy fats provide long-term satisfaction. Plus, the natural fruit sugars balanced with proteins and fats support stable blood sugar.
My Superfood Energy Mix contains:
- Organic Almonds — rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein and fiber
- Organic Pumpkin Seeds — high in magnesium, zinc, and plant-based omega-3 fats
- Organic Cashews — contain zero cholesterol, and are high in copper, magnesium and vitamin K
- Organic Dried Coconut — rich in fiber, iron and healthy fats
- Organic Dried Mulberries — great source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and iron
- Organic Dried Golden Raisins — provide fiber, protein and several B vitamins
- Organic Dried Goji Berries — contain polyphenols and antioxidants that fight free radicals
- Organic Pistachios — lower in calories and rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats
- Organic Dried Golden Berries — contain a variety of essential fatty acids
Order Your Raw, Organic Snacks Today and Start Living and Snacking the Healthy and Delicious Way!
As you just learned, high quality, organic and raw snacks can really make a difference in your health. Do not be misled by products labeled “raw” when they really aren’t. Most importantly, do your research before you buy!
And when you do, I’m confident that you’ll find my raw snacks are both extremely tasty and convenient, as well as truly healthy and beneficial.
Stock up now on my probiotic-enhanced Organic Almonds and Superfood Energy Mix. With so many different ways to enjoy them, they’re sure to gain a valued place amongst your healthy snack selection. You won’t believe what a difference raw, organic ingredients can make! Try them today.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but Dr. Mercola’s Superfood Energy Trail Mix has been discontinued.
To keep snacking healthy, click here to learn more about our wholesome Mitomix Bars–a delicious, convenient nutrition bar perfect for a ketogenic diet.
Try our Cassava Bars – they’re made from all organic, non-genetically engineered ingredients and plentiful fiber and healthy fat and are a tasty treat because they are made with high quality whole foods.
Or, check out our Mitomix Seed Blend - a very specific balance of organic seeds and psyllium to provide plant omega-3 fats, lignans, and fiber. It’s a quick and easy way to get more fiber and healthy fat into your diet!