Keeping a daily routine to stay healthy is crucial to long-term success. But when it comes to finding time for our health in our daily schedules, that’s usually a lot easier said than done.
That’s why we love the Peanut Pause. By taking a moment of your day for just one daily ounce (about a handful) of peanuts, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, you can get energized for your day, while making a healthy change that’s easy to keep up — and the best part is, you can do it any time:
In the morning, for energy that keeps you feeling fuller and focused for longer.
IIn the afternoon, when you need a post-lunch pick-me-up that won’t cause you to “crash” later, like you might with energy drinks or candy.
IIn the evening, when you need help defending against nighttime snack attacks (which means preventing the weight gain caused by them).
And in just one daily serving, you get some big benefits that can last a lifetime:
Sustained energy, all day long.
At around 8g per serving, peanuts have more hunger-satisfying protein than any other nut,1 which means you won’t be distracted by the wait for lunch. And because they have a low glycemic index, they help stabilize your blood sugar to prevent the feeling of “crashing” later.
Live a Longer, Healthier Life
Eating 10 grams per day or more of peanuts is associated with a 21% lower risk of dying prematurely2, and it can reduce your risk for certain cancers (specifically colorectal, gastric, pancreatic and lung cancers)3.
It can also reduce risk of death due to heart disease by 24%, respiratory disease by 16%, infections by 32%, and kidney disease by 48%.2
The protein in peanuts can help your muscles repair and grow after a workout, but they can do a lot more. In fact, there’s evidence that regular peanut consumption can support healthy weight management.4 And bonus — eating peanuts can increase your metabolism.5
Peanuts contain the antioxidant resveratrol, which has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain.6 Peanuts also contain other nutrients like niacin and vitamin E that support brain health and help to reduce cognitive decline as we age. 7
Help Your Heart
Due to high levels of the amino acid arginine, peanuts can help to open up blood vessels and lower your blood pressure.8,9
It’s Time to Take a (Peanut) Pause
Whether you’re adding peanuts to a plant-based diet, or including them in a more omnivorous lifestyle, the benefits of getting your daily serving go on and on, from disease prevention, to fighting anxiety and depression, to supporting our health as we age. And it all comes from a tiny, affordable, earth-friendly legume. It just goes to show that one small thing can make a big difference.
So take it from the peanut, and start enjoying a daily Peanut Pause — it’s a small change that can help you enjoy a longer, healthier life.