The ideal “weight loss fridge’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Mixed nuts

Mixed nuts are a staple food of most health-conscious people because they are great for energy, protein, fibre, healthy fats and satiety. If you use them carefully they can be a fantastic tool in your weight loss fridge (cupboard).

First, we’re talking mixed, UNSALTED nuts here. You really don’t need more salt than you’re already getting from your other foods. We’re also talking primarily about the ‘expensive’ nuts like brazils, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios and macadamias.

Peanuts are pretty decent too, but they are not quite the same in terms of nutrient profile. I will say that from the economic perspective, peanuts are great if that’s what you can afford.

Next we go to the big issue

When most people eat nuts they eat FAR TOO MANY. One portion of nuts is the amount it takes to cover your palm without piling them on top of one-another. Work with around 30 to 40 grams.

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If you eat more than this you’re eating a whole meal in calories, because nuts contain a lot of fats, and fat is 9 calories per gram. So you HAVE TO get your portion control right. This is also the only way to make the price of nuts work for you. Eat one small portion per day and the cost is spread across a longer period of time.

But once you’ve got the right nuts and you are eating the right portion size, then nuts are a great snack. Put them in your pantry or fridge today.

Find out what other items you should be keeping in your “weight loss fridge” below:

 

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