Nuts can help you live longer, but their benefits will be short-lived if you go overboard on calorie-dense cashews, almonds, and walnuts. To keep portions in check, stick to these six easy combinations.
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<p>Eating nuts daily may help you live a longer, healthier life, according to a recent study published in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>. When researchers followed nearly 120,000 people for 30 years they found that daily nut eaters were less likely to die from cancer, <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/heart-health"target=_blank>heart disease</a>, or respiratory disease. Problem is, a single handful (about an ounce) of nuts packs approximately 160 calories and 14g of fat—and those numbers can stack up fast if you go back for seconds or thirds. One way to keep portions in check: make nuts part of a healthy snack instead of eating them straight from the container. For ideas, try these quick and crunchy bites.</p>
<p>Combine 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon crumbled feta, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ ounce chopped walnuts (about 7 nuts), and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Mix well. Serve with ½ cup of sliced cucumbers.</p>