Make your meal complete with these healthy dinner and lunch sides made with peanuts. Peanuts and peanut butter not only add great flavor to your meals, they are packed with nutrients like protein and heart healthy components.
High Protein Side Dishes
One ounce of peanuts— about a handful— contains 7 grams of protein. That’s more than other nut, and for good reason: Botanically speaking, peanuts are legumes rather than true nuts, so their protein content is comparable to many beans. It’s important to consume protein every day, because the body doesn’t store it the way it does fats and carbohydrates. Dietary protein is used by the body to build and maintain bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, blood, enzymes and hormones.
Heart-Healthy Side Dishes
When it comes to our hearts, peanuts in particular can provide some big-time benefits — which is why they’re included in the FDA’s qualified Health Claim for nuts. Peanuts are a rich source of a heart-healthy type of fat that lowers LDL levels, and have shown to reduce heart disease risk by 15%. They also contain healthy oils, plant-based protein and fiber that can help further reduce unhealthy cholesterol. Our bodies have 100,000 miles of arteries that carry oxygen throughout the body, but when they become ‘stiff’ due to poor nutrition or lack of exercise, it raises our risk for things like a heart attack or stroke. Eating peanuts regularly can help prevent that stiffness and lower those risks.
So, explore these side dish recipes with peanuts for an amazing feast, healthy heart and body!
Source: USDA Food Composition Databases, based on dry-roasted nuts.
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