Heart healthy almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and antioxidants. They may help lower risk factors for heart disease by reducing LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels in the blood.
Cashews are often linked to cancer prevention, weight management, and maintaining a strong immune system. They also contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two compounds that make eyes happier by protecting against light damage.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants and packed with a wide range of nutrients including high levels of magnesium. Healthy magnesium levels are important for regulating blood pressure, heart health, bone health and blood sugar levels.
Dark chocolate is one of the best (and most delicious!) sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies have shown a drastic reduction in the risk of heart disease among people who eat dark chocolate regularly. The flavanols from cocoa also increase brain function by improving blood flow and may protect skin from sun damage.
Sunflower seeds are a vitamin and mineral powerhouse. They’re a super source of vitamin E (about 75% in one serving), and are rich in copper, thiamin, phosphorous, manganese, and selenium.