The first thing I learned about peanuts is that they are a type of bean ( legume) rather than a traditional nut eg walnuts. Peanuts have 25% more protein than any nut and are a rich source of niacin, folacin, manganese and phospherous. One half cup of dry roasted peanuts clock in at 24 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber and 0 grams of cholesterol. I was thrilled to learn that peanuts were high in linoleic acid– the oil that is closely linked to fewer lines and wrinkles. That’s the good news. The bad news? Those 24 grams of protein are accompanied by 600 calories, 22 grams of carbs and a whopping 50 grams of fat.
There are three basic forms of peanuts- boiled, dry-roasted and oil roasted. Boiled peanuts … Continue Reading… →
I have to admit that when I think of walnuts, I think of chocolate chip cookies, apple crumb pie and fudgy brownies studded with nuts. But all by themselves, walnuts turn out to be a great beauty food. They are high in linoleic acid and fiber– two factors linked to fewer wrinkles. In addition they are high in antioxidants and low in saturated fats. Studies have shown that walnuts lower both cholesterol and C-reactive protein which are two markers for heart disease. All good, but keep in mind that like its other nut cousins, walnuts are pretty high in calories clocking in at almost 400 calories/half cup.
Instead of thinking of walnuts as a baked goods best friend, I now sprinkle walnuts over a green salad, a bowl of … Continue Reading… →
Shrimp is the fish that even people who don’t like fish are happy to see on a plate. I confess that shrimp is one of my favorite foods. Like that scene in Forrest Gump, I like broiled shrimp, shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, shrimp salad, stuffed shrimp…. I also felt that a dinner of shrimp was a great low calorie meal. It was low in salt, calories and fat and high in protein and omega3. It all true.
A four ounce serving of shrimp has just 99 calories and 21 grams of protein. It also offers just about a full days requirement of omega 3 and 1/2RDA of vitamin B12. But shrimp is not the perfect food. Turns out that, ounce for ounce, shrimp has as much cholesterol as beef, which means its not … Continue Reading… →
I like mussels and I was so psyched to learn how much of a nutritional punch they packed. One 3 ounce serving of shelled mussels contains an entire daily supply of selenium and 3X the RDA for vitamin B12. But wait there’s more . That little serving offers 10 grams of protein at a mere 70 calories and mussels have less cholesterol than any other shellfish. And I’ve saved the best for last– 3 ounces of mussels have almost a gram of those anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids– 2-3x the amount of most fish including sole, haibut, cod, shrimp and clams. And then there is the price. Mussels are just about the most affordable of all fish, currently just $3.99/lb at the new Fairway that just opened in my hood.