If you are dieting or you just need a healthy snack, high protein nuts are probably going to be on your list. Nuts are good, but with the exception of cashews (which contain over 4 grams of fat and almost 40% of calories), which actually help prevent heart disease, nuts are very high in unhealthy fats and should be consumed in moderation. The next question is how do you get high protein into a diet, without including nuts in a bunch of other unhealthy foods? That's a trick that I'll get to in a minute.
Don't forget your beans!
One of the easiest ways to get enough protein into a diet is to eat more beans! Beans are great, because unlike nuts, they are lower in calories, higher in protein, and lower in saturated fats, and they are great for you too! With the exception of peanuts, all other nuts are very high calorie, even relative to other whole plant-based foods. Even pistachios, who are touted as being the least calorie nut, is actually higher in calories when compared to the most commonly snacks eaten on, so really, cashew and pecan nuts are actually even more harmful than you might think.
But what about eating high protein nuts that contain high amounts of both mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids? What about eating organic, whole organic nuts that are truly nutritionally beneficial? It turns out there are many truly healthy nuts on the market, including sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and cashews (yes, walnuts have more fat than cashews!) But even though they are really healthy, eating them as snacks are not the healthiest things you can do. In fact, the single best snack for improving your health is organic, whole foods, high protein snack.