It's official — nuts are nature's miracle. Besides giving you a dose of heart-healthy omega-3s and filling your stomach with energizing protein, eating a handful of nuts every day may help you drop the pounds. A new study found that those who ate an ounce a day of raw unpeeled almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts a day had higher levels of feel-good hormone serotonin, which can act as an appetite suppressant.
More importantly, since stress is a leading cause of gaining fat around your waist, higher levels of serotonin may help in the fight against belly fat. Go on; get happy with these five raw nut recipes — just don't go overboard, since nuts have a high (healthy) fat content.