How chestnuts can bring variety to your weight loss diet plan
When following a weight loss diet plan, variety is the key to avoiding boredom from the healthy foods you’re eating. Finding a new, healthy snack is a great way to change up your daily routine, and chestnuts are the perfect addition to any weight loss diet plan.
Commonly associated with Christmas, chestnuts are actually a wonderful snack to be enjoyed year round, and are perfect for a diet plan because, unlike most nuts, chestnuts are actually very low in calories. They are nutritionally closer to a sweet potato than they are other nuts, as they are very high in fiber, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals.
Chestnuts are also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (similar to olives) which can help lower cholesterol and contain complex carbohydrates to keep you feeling full during the day while maintaining your weight loss diet plan. Recent research has also shown chestnuts to be the perfect side to consume along with probiotic yogurt, as the chemical properties of chestnuts help the fragile healthy bacteria in these yogurts reach your digestive tract without being destroyed by your stomach acid, allowing you to reap more benefits of the probitotics than eating the yogurt alone.
“The presence of chestnut extract proved to play a significant role on the gastric tolerance improvement of lactobacilli.” – Food Microbiology
Fresh chestnuts can be found in your local supermarket beginning in October and are available as late as March. They can be stored in the refrigerator at a high humidity setting for up to three weeks. The most common method of preparing chestnuts is to either boil or roast them in the oven (be sure to poke a couple holes in each chestnut prior to roasting), then peeling the skin.
Steamed, peeled chestnuts, however, are popular in Asian cultures, and can be found year round in many Asian grocery stores, or sometimes even the Asian food section of any large grocery store chain. They are usually sold in sealed bags, and are perfect for packing on a lunch or keeping in your purse for a snack whenever hunger strikes.
Following a successful weight loss diet plan requires having healthy, filling snacks on hand to keep you feeling satisfied while losing weight, and chestnuts are a high fiber, nutritional superfood with a mild, smooth taste. Add them to your healthy food arsenal and discover for yourself that chestnuts are so much more than a Christmas tradition!