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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS

blueberriesOutside from the taste the main reason I love blueberries is that they have certain(s) polyphenols that make you manage glucose better, which means potentially getting leaner. There are far more benefits though. Here’s some of them that I got out of one of my favorite nutrition books 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Dr. Jonny Bowden:

James Joseph Ph.D – Lead scientist in the laboratory of Neuroscience at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Blueberries now have the reputation as a memory-protecting food. Joseph had something he called the Rat Olympics. Rats around middle age start declining in cognition. He had mazes and assorted tests and noticed that when giving blueberry extracts they behaved as if they were young again. No memory decline and coordination and balance were improved. This is because old neurons don’t communicate well and thus memory declines, along with processing ability for coordination/balance. Certain polyphenols in blueberries get these neurons to communicate better again. You can even enable the brain to grow new neurons. Basically, blueberries are the ultimate memory food. Blueberries also have a compound called pterostilbene, which helps to regulate fatty acid metabolism. It has one of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scores of any food.

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Mac nuts are not my favorite nut based on taste. I love cashews but they don’t work as well for me, probably cause their high in lectins according to Dr. Steven Gundry, so I’ve pretty much switched to macadamia nuts most of the time.

More than 80% monounsaturated fat (olive oil is about 75%), which is higher than any other nut.
Mac nuts contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, plus a couple grams of fiber per ounce. They also contain a small amount of selenium, and they contain phytosterols, which have been shown to lower cholesterol due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

High in calories (about 204 per ounce). I personally like that it’s high in calories because I don’t always have time to eat a normal sized lunch.

I eat blueberries and macadamia nuts together as a snack during working hours. They keep me satiated yet don’t fill me up and make me tired like a heavy meal can do. They also keep my energy up and keep me focused. Give this combo a try if you’re not already enjoying these two health foods and maybe replace them with a snack that really isn’t all that healthy. Small changes like this over time can yield big differences in how you look and how you feel.

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