Walnuts…One Healthy Nut!

walnutsWalnuts are, what some scientists and nutritionists call, one of the world’s healthiest foods.  That is quite a label.

When consumed in their whole form, out of their hard shell of course, but with the skin intact they are a very powerful nut.  They are from the tree nut family which includes macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews and Brazil nuts.

Just one ounce of walnuts (or other tree nut) per day and you will reap the benefits of these powerhouse treats from nature.  About 14 walnut halves is all you need to make that ounce.  They are a high calorie food so you must consider that when meal planning and adding the nut to your daily nutrition plan.  Consumption of this awesome nut will deliver you heart healthy monounsaturated fats including omega-3 fatty acid.  Walnuts also contain protein, minerals and vitamins associated with good health such as copper, manganese, biotin and others.  Walnuts are great for the heart and circulation.  They help to decrease your bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.  They purify your blood and decrease the chances of blood clotting.  Walnuts also help to decrease body inflammation.

Walnuts are showing benefits in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, and because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients they are also showing great anti-cancer benefits particularly when talking about breast cancer.  It is not only the Omega-3 fatty acids contained in the nut but also the synergistic effect of the many nutrients in the nut.  Walnuts are also showing benefits to maintaining bone health.

Now….you may think to yourself…..how can I add walnuts to my daily nutrition?  What would I use them in or with?  I buy organic, raw walnuts and keep them in my refrigerator.  I break them up into small pieces and sprinkle them over salad.  If you are having pancakes or waffles…crumbled walnuts and fruit overtop of this food tastes great and makes for a very nutritious treat.  You can certainly add walnuts to a smoothie, sprinkle on cereal, ice cream.  If you bake…you can definitely add walnut pieces to any baking you may do.  I make Maple Walnuts which are so delicious on a bowl of greens with chopped up pear or apple, red onion and dried cranberries and a light vinaigrette dressing.  There are many ways to get walnuts in to your daily mix.  They are so good for you.  Get your supply today and start adding walnuts to your favorite dishes.

MAPLE WALNUTS:

All you need are 3 ingredients to make these tasty treats.

2 cups of raw organic walnut halves

1/3 cup of really good quality organic Maple Syrup

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Preheat a dry skillet on medium high heat.  Add walnuts, syrup and salt.  Cook stirring until syrup is caramelized and nuts are slightly toasted, about 3 – 4 minutes.

Let cool.  Store in a glass container in your fridge.  At the ready.  I have them in my fridge all the time.

I also do this Maple recipe with almonds and pecans too.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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