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Sound Food Swap: Nuts!

The salty snack that loves you back.

Salty snacks are a staple in pantries everywhere, and I love a good potato chip as much as the next person. But if you find yourself reaching for pretzels, crackers, or chips whenever mid-day hunger strikes, maybe it’s time to switch things up. Nuts satisfy the desire for something salty and crunchy, and they come with well rounded nutrition that puts all of those processed simple carbs to shame.

The Cost Breakdown

1 ounce serving of almonds: $0.94

Single serving bag of chips: $0.75

Alright we admit it, you have to “shell out” just a few pennies more for the nuts. But we bet you’re also more likely to overeat the chips, so let’s call it even. This also assumes you buy a regular sized container of almonds in the grocery store — if you buy in bulk, you can save some money.

What’s in a nut?

  • fiber
  • protein
  • vitamins
  • antioxidants

What’s in a chip?

  • Pure joy and crunchy deliciousness, of course
  • Not much nutrition

You can have your nuts and eat Dorito’s, too!

We believe in living in the real world, and some days you just might be in a Cheeto’s or Pringles kind of mood. Our advice? Indulge! There is always room to enjoy the foods you love, no matter their nutritional qualities, as long as your daily habits lean towards nutrient rich real foods. As we teach our fourth graders in Pure Food Kids workshops, “it’s all about balance!”



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