Healthy Snacks: The Healthiest Nuts To Pick At The Holiday Party (PHOTOS)

12/24/2010 09:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

If you're eating with my husband and me you need to be quick to get what you want when it comes to certain foods. He's a chunk hunter and I'm a cherry picker. His ice-cream-scooping power has laserlike accuracy when it comes to finding and extracting the delectable bits of sinfulness from cookie, candy, and swirl-packed ice creams. When it comes to nuts, I like to scavenge around the nut bowl to pick out just the varieties I want to eat. (Yes, I'm that girl.)

Turns out my habit may have some health benefits. All nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats. But some picks rise above the rest in terms of nutrition benefits, as Caitlin Chapman wrote about in the November/December issue of EatingWell Magazine. Here are four of the healthiest nuts to eat. (FYI to peanut lovers -- they're a healthy choice too but we didn't consider them in this roundup because they're technically legumes.)

4 Healthy Nuts To Pick At The Holiday Party