Why Go Nuts about Men’s Health?

Why Go Nuts about Men’s Health?

Men’s Health Week: 12 – 18 June

Men's HealthIf you’re a man, know a man, are married to a man, have a man in your fam… (you get the idea)… then you need to listen up! It’s Men’s Health Week and it’s time to get down to business… health business.

Men, despite what you may feel, you are not invincible to potential health issues and while we may love to bury our heads in the sand, we are all at risk.

According to the Men’s Health Network, a lack of awareness, weak health education and unhealthy work and personal lifestyles have led to a steady deterioration of men’s well-being.

You don’t have to be a complete ‘health nut’ (excuse the pun) when it comes to looking after your well-being, but it does pay to know certain healthier alternatives that keep you full and in good health.

So which nuts help prevent certain health risks?

RISK #1 – Heart disease

Heart disease is an umbrella term for heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, and other heart-related infections, irregularities and birth defects. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number one cause of death in 2015 was Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD) or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

Why it’s risky

The main cause of CAD is plaque build-up in your coronary arteries which decreases blood flow to your heart.health benefits of walnuts

Tips for snacking

Walnuts been shown to help reduce inflammation, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and have the highest free and total polyphenol count.

These antioxidants bind with lipoproteins which remove plaque from building up in your arteries.

RISK #2 – Weight gain and overactive appetite

If there is one thing that is certain, it is that the male appetite has the potential to finish an entire Sunday roast on its own. This sensational zest for food can make weight loss and curbing meal portions difficult for most men.

Why it’s risky

The effects of overeating have been widely documented, leading to health issues such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes and heart diseases.How to Blanch Your Own Almonds

Tips for snacking

Do you want to feel less hungry or at least eat something that is filling?

Raw almonds are high in fibre and naturally filling and can help curb nagging food cravings.

RISK #3 – Prostate and testicular cancer

Middle aged to older age males run the risk of an enlarged prostate which can lead to prostate cancer.

Why it’s risky

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. This means that any part of the body can become cancerous and can spread to other areas.

brazil nutsTips for snacking

Brazil nuts contain high levels of Selenium, a mineral found in soil and naturally in water and some foods.

Selenium plays an active role in metabolism regulation and has grown popular for its antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage.

Looking for a healthy snack alternative to make at home? Try our High Energy Almond Bar recipe, perfect for that filler in between meals.

High Energy Almond Bars

gifts for teachersMen, we give you the healthy alternative to a chocolate bar at lunch when you’re at work.

Not only are almond bars high in energy and the goodness of almonds, cranberries and sunflower seeds, they are flour-free and refined sugar-free. This makes them great for a healthy active lifestyle that gives you loads of energy.

Ingredients

  • 250ml Montagu unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 250 ml Montagu sunflower seeds
  • 500 ml puffed rice, slightly crushed
  • 125 ml Montagu cranberries
  • 125 ml honey
  • 125 ml peanut butter

For Decoration

  • 1 x 85 g slab chocolate, melted

*Use dark unsweetened chocolate as a healthy alternative.

Method

  1. Line a baking sheet (19 cm x 24 cm) or dish with cling wrap, leaving an overhang on each side.
  2. Mix the nuts, seeds and puffed rice together.
  3. Heat the honey and peanut butter together.
  4. Add to the nut mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon into the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Push down firmly and even out.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  7. Turn out and cut into bars.
  8. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

This recipe makes 12 delicious almond bars.

Looking for healthy options to fit a busy lifestyle?

we careThe Montagu We Care Food Range includes specially formulated blends and mixes that perfectly compliment and support modern and demanding lifestyles.

Made with mainly raw products, the guilt-free we care range is aimed at meeting the demands of a busy contemporary lifestyle.

The blends and mixes are tailor-made to meet requirements ranging from healthy heart, immune support and high energy demands, to providing brain food, and a Banting friendly blend for those following a low carb, high fat lifestyle.

The majority of the mixes can be enjoyed as is or added to muffin mixes, cereal, yoghurt and salads.

For more information on the we care range, click here.