Nuts are the perfect snack, assuming you don't have a nut allergy, of course! What constitutes a great snack?
Make sure you are mixing it up, too. Different nuts give us different nutrients so be sure you are eating a variety of them. Here's a short summary of their nutty nutrients:
Almonds - Top heart nut: highest in calcium, vitamin E, and lowest in saturated fats
Walnuts - Top brain nut: most Omega-3s and melatonin
Peanuts - Technically, a legume, I know, BUT: highest in protein and arginine, a vital nutrient for a healthy endothelium (go for the pricier Organic on this one)
Pistachios - Vision-enhancing lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin E
Brazil nuts - Anticancer, antioxidant selenium; one or two a day gives you all the selenium you need!
Pecans - Top in vitamin E
Chestnuts - Lowest in fat
Cashews - Highest in copper (highest percentage of saturated fat)
Don't forget that a great way to increase the satiety feeling of a morning smoothie is to add some nut butter! Just be sure to read the ingredients and look for nut butters that only contain nuts! Don't buy peanut butter, for example, that lists the word hydrogenated on the label.