I’m definitely a big nut lover. I love nuts on salads, with fruit and yogurt, or just plain as a healthy snack.
Nuts are high in calories – so beware not to “go nuts” with them (ha ha), but enjoy in moderation.
Healthcastle.com states: Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium. Nuts are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 - the good fats) which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
One downside of nuts is that they are typically quite expensive -- particularly flavored or roasted nuts. To make this this snack more affordable, I buy raw nuts in bulk and roast them myself!
Roasting Nuts Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Select raw nuts – I like almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios…
Toss the nuts in a little olive walnut, or vegetable oil. About 2 tbsp of oil for every cup of nuts. Then mix them with your favorite seasonings.
Some I’ve tried:
- grill seasoning
- salt & pepper
- garlic and season salt
- cinnamon and brown sugar
Spread out the nuts on the baking sheet and roast in the oven for 5-10 min
** You'll know the nuts are done when they you can smell them and they have turned a nice golden brown.
Now eat and enjoy!