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5 health benefits of cashews

5 health benefits of cashews

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I'm a HUGE fan of creamy, crunchy cashews - get your hands on my Cookie Dough or Matcha Mixes and you'll know why. Apart from tasting awesome, they also happen to be great for your health #bonus.

Here's why it's great to include them in your diet:

1. Protein

Just a handfuls of cashews (about 18) gives you close to 5g of plant-based protein, to help stabilise blood sugar levels and repair muscles after a workout.

2. Magnesium

Cashews are packed with vitamins and minerals that love your body right back. They're particularly good on the magnesium front. Great for soothing and relaxing muscles, magnesium also helps you get a restful nights sleep.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, helping to neutralise free radicals from causing damage to our cells. These guys make us look old before our time. GASP.

4. Zinc

Zinc is necessary for healthy growth and development, as well as the growth and renewal of hair, skin and nails. Get plenty of this for strong talons, glowing skin and beautiful locks.

5. Good Fats

Cashews are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which have cholesterol lowering effects. The high fat content also means you’ll absorb the vitamin E content nicely, as vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin.

How to pack more in:

• Throw a handful into your morning smoothie for an extra creamy drink without dairy. 

• Throw them on top of your favourite stir-fry
• Make your own trial mix with cashews, almonds and  cacao nibs for a chocolately fix!
• How in some chopped cashews before rolling your Fit Mixes (obvs)