As the number of vegans and vegetarians grow, it's good to remember that cutting out meat can also mean cutting out essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to thrive. Eating just fruits, veggies, and grains can be transformative but eating the right combination is critical.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a powerful antioxidant. They've been linked to decreasing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, and even fighting against some cancers. There's also been studies that show a lack of Omega 3's can lead to depression, mood disorders, and even memory problems. And as any basic Google search will show, the health benefits of Omega 3's are nothing short of amazing. They're also usually found in fish, which isn't a part of a vegan or vegetarian diet. Luckily, there are some great plant-based options out there.
Chia seeds, flax seeds, and brussels sprouts are a few great options for Omega 3 fatty acids, but walnuts might be the most versatile option. First off, they're super easy to eat on-the-go as a snack. There's no need to cook or bake them. They're ready for your belly right out of the bag! And if you did want to cook or bake them, they're lovely with salads and pastas, delicious in banana nut bread, and crunchy as an ice cream topping. You can also make walnut milk or walnut butters. The best part of it all is that you can get your daily recommended value of Omega 3's in just a single 1 ounce serving!
Next time you're searching for a snack, grab a handful of walnuts. Your health will love you for it!
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