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You Asked: Are Nuts a Healthy Snack?

Dear Sugar--
In the spirit of bikini season, I am trying to watch my weight. I am not going crazy with dieting, but I am trying to make better choices throughout the day since there is always so much junk food around my office.

Everyday, like clockwork, I crave a snack around 2:30-3:00. I have heard nuts are a good way to keep my energy up, but am I hurting my diet efforts by snacking on roasted peanuts? I know they are heavy in fat, but will natural fat work against me? Do you have any other tips? --Snack Time Sally


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Dear Snack Time Sally--
I can completely sympathize with you. Taming your hunger is no small feat, so I applaud you for taking a proactive approach. As unfair as it is, some people can snack away on everything from cookies to chips and not gain a pound, but others aren't as lucky. Now is a great time to step up your efforts with summer right around the corner!

Nuts are a healthy way to fill you up, but you are correct, they can be fattening. With that said, you don't need to avoid them altogether, rather limit your intake. Since nuts are so easy to snack on, and even though they contain the "good fat," keep your nut intake to a handful at the most. For a full fat/calorie breakdown, click here.

Bring snacks from home to help keep your diet in check. I always recommend string cheese, fresh and or dried fruit, whole wheat crackers, baby carrots, sliced celery, jicama, and low fat yogurt. Remember to stay hydrated and most importantly, keep up your willpower. Good luck!

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