I usually think of pecans as “holiday” food. Are they available year round?

Yes they are. Although most people associate pecans with the holidays, it’s OK to eat these delicious tree nuts anytime of the year. Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and they’re cholesterol-free. To work pecans into your diet year-round, try some of these suggestions:

  • Instead of chips, which are loaded with sodium, bring about 20 pecan halves to work to snack on throughout the day. Pecans are naturally sodium-free.
  • Substitute pecans for a candy bar when you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. Research has shown people who eat pecans feel fuller longer. Pecans provide that long-lasting energy because they contain heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. Plus, a handful of pecan halves contain the same amount of fiber as a medium-sized apple.
  • Sprinkle pecans on top of your yogurt and you’ll get more zinc – an important nutrient for proper growth and strong immunity.