Cashew nuts

If you are searching for a snack which is both tasty and nutrition packed then look no further than the cashew nut, the fruit of the cashew tree. Cashew nuts are not only eaten as a snack but used extensively in Chinese, Thai and Indian cooking .

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits and nuts have many health benefits. They are tasty, easy to prepare and transport. They satisfy both sweet and salty cravings and can be added to food for extra flavor. Fruits and nuts are full of nutrients, and unless you buy salted nuts, have almost no negative ingredients.

Dried Apricots

The apricot is often overlooked in favor of other common fruits such as the apple, pear, orange or banana. But the apricot is just as healthy as those other fruits, in some cases even healthier.

Almonds

Almond nuts are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; the kind of well-balanced food ensuring protection against diseases and cancers.

Walnuts

They may look weird and are difficult to break, but crack them in a door hinge and eat the brain like nut inside to help just that – your Brain! Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids.

Dried Figs

Figs originated in Arabia and grow best in areas with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually an inverted flower, and the seeds are the fruit, according to the California Fig Advisory Board.

Dates

You hear of this fruit often and associate it to the deserts and the Arabs but have you ever wondered how the Arabs manage to survive simply on dates? That’s because dates are high on calories and energy. Need weight gain? Look no further…

Pistachios

Pista flavor is definitely yummy. Be it pista ice-cream or halwa, or chopped up raw, we love pistachios! But we must, especially diabetics must, make a point of eating them raw everyday as it helps stabilize blood sugar and protects the heart.

Raisins

You simply love these sweet dried grapes but for some reason forget to eat them every day. Well, every time you have digestion problems, acidity or constipation think of the one very useful household remedy of kishmish!

Prunes

Their nutritional value is illustrated by the fact that just one prune contains at least 1 percent to 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of many essential minerals and vitamins, in addition to their legendary dietary fiber.

Sour Cherries

Sour cherries (also called tart cherries) are loaded with important nutrients, including phytochemicals (disease-fighting plant compounds), antioxidants and vitamin C. This tiny red fruit is beneficial for cancer prevention, reduces inflammation, enhances heart health and provides other health benefits.

Peanuts

Peanuts are actually a legume -- edible seeds related to beans. They are enclosed in a pod that grows underground. Peanuts provide healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and other compounds that can help manage your risk of developing chronic diseases.