Leggy And Nuts About Nuts

31 Oct

by Phillip Tomlinson

You may call this a nutty story, but it also has legs.  Legs, not because it manages to get around, but because… Well, you’ll see.

Let’s put it this way:  There’s a leggy protagonist.

A blonde, leggy protagonist. 

I know — there you are thinking “tall, statuesque and…”

Well, you couldn’t be more off base, because as far as leggy protagonists go, this one is a bit unusual — not just because of her height, but because of the legs.

 And, of course, let’s not forget her habit — the one that has to do with nuts — because that’s just where the nutty story comes in.

And, yes, this does include real nuts and a coincidence that turned into dog-day-afternoon.

 It happened one day as I enjoyed my usual handful of nuts.

Sure enough, one fell to the ground.  And as fast as you can say “nuts,” my little friend, of the mop-topped, four-legged variety, snagged it, trotted off to the opposite side of the room and — snap, snap — it was gone.  All the way to tummy-dom.  On dog-day-afternoon. 

And, as fast as she swallowed that little treat, she was back pawing and sniffing the air.  Going crazy. 

Begging for more.

Surprised, this being her afternoon, I gave another up but not before dangling it mischievously — for my own amusement — in front of her nose just to watch her twist and turn.

How could I have known?

Broccoli?  Yes, she’s crazy about that too.  But that’s another story.  Right now let’s stick to nuts.

That’s because when it comes to the value of a nut, you should be excited too.

Let’s put it this way:  You’d have to be a bit nuts to overlook these convenient supersnacks.

What you should know is that, as far as supersnacks go, these definitely have the goods: protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, folate and phosphorous.

To put it in simpler terms, you couldn’t find better enforcers to ride shotgun for you because they offer protection against heart disease, belly flab, muscle loss, cancer, high blood pressure and — get this ladies — wrinkles.  Yes, wrinkles.

Your number one enforcer?

Almonds.

And I couldn’t put it any better than acclaimed health expert David Zinczenko who said,  “Almonds are like Jack Nicholson in One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest: They’re king of the nuts.”

For starters, a handful of almonds provide half your daily requirement of vitamin E, eight percent of the calcium — so essential for bone health — and some 19 percent of magnesium which is a key component in muscle-building.

So, go ahead.  Go nuts about nuts.  Unabashedly.  Eat them and go back for more.  Preferably a handful in the morning and another in the evening.  You may even discover how good they are, among other things, for your legs. 

For a tip on how to include almonds in your diet and for more on the nutritional benefits of nuts, check out the BodinSync Prescription below:

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BODINSYNC PRESCRIPTION

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For a healthful snack, sprinkle a handful of chopped almonds in a small container of Greek yogurt.  For added fat burning power, add raspberries or other berries of your choice.

Click on the following link for more information on the nutritional value of nuts: http://www.helium.com/items/824263-the-different-kinds-of-nuts-and-their-nutritional-value

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