written by: Danielle Maina

“Chestnuttttts roasting on an open fireeee”. These timeless lyrics by Nat King Cole play in homes all over the world during the holiday season, but have you ever really roasted chestnuts by the fire? Do you even eat this type of tree nut around the holidays? Because you most certainly should!

Lower in fat by comparison to pecans and walnuts, chestnuts are delicious in flavor & provide high amounts of fiber. In addition to aiding your internal plumbing, they’re also high in complex carbohydrates (45g per 3oz serving), which is different from most nuts (typically lower in carbohydrates). But remember carbohydrates are crucial for nervous system functioning and energy levels.

Chestnuts contain a substantial blend of B vitamins. Fat-soluble B vitamins are known for aiding in the production of red blood cells, they help to break down macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) for energy, they help improve brain function and support healthy skin.

Last but not least, chestnuts are packed with trace minerals such as manganese and copper. Manganese is an antioxidant that soaks up free radicals and helps to decrease the likelihood of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Copper aids in the progression of bone strength, boosts the immune system, takes part in blood cell formation and nerve function!

Beat the crowds and pick up a bag or two of these fabulous tree nuts! Toss them into salads, sprinkle on top of your morning oatmeal or eat them bare! Let me know how you like them!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from everyone at Fit 4 The Cause!