Mixed nuts are a healthy snack, but high in calories. However, because mixed nuts contain filling protein, you can keep your appetite under control.
Roughly 1/4 cup of raw mixed nuts has 160 calories, according to FatSecret. A serving contains 14 g of fat, 1.5 of which are saturated. And 1/4 cup contains 7 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of dietary fiber, 2 g of sugars and 5 g of protein.
Nuts may help lower cholesterol when substituted for other foods, according to Harvard Health Publications. They contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which protect heart health. They may also protect against irregular heart rhythms, improve blood vessel function and lower cardiovascular risk.
Replace unhealthy snacks like chips and crackers with mixed nuts. Choose unsalted nuts to limit sodium. Keep portion size moderate to keep calories under control. A 1/4 cup is a reasonable serving size. Mix nuts with dried fruit, yogurt-covered fruit, seeds, cereals or pretzels to make a healthy trail mix.