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Healthy Benefits of Nuts

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Are you crazy about NUTS?

 

Admittedly, I am.  I love nuts!  And, I know that there is a lot of nutrition value associated with nuts.  However, I have never really done the research myself.  I have just always been told, “Nuts are good for you.”  And, I don’t always believe everything I am told, but in this case I know it’s true.  I don’t just love nuts for their nutritious value, I love nuts because they taste great and I honestly like the way they crunch when I eat them!

 

We eat a lot of nuts in our house.  Not only do I love them but my husband does and my kids do as well.  We love all kinds of nuts and we keep a nice variety stocked in our pantry.  They are easy to grab on the go, they make an easy (and nutritious) snack, they add nicely to salads and other dishes.  Yes, we like nuts!

 

I decided to do a little research, just to firm up what I already know about nuts.  But, I thought other people might benefit from what I learn.  So here are the quick details about some of the Corum Crew’s favorite nut options:

 

ALMONDS High in monounsaturated fats (those are the good fats!), magnesium, and vitamin E.  They are alkalizing to the system when eaten raw and soaked in water.  Huh?  That means, and this is good, when your body is in a healthy alkaline balance then germs are less likely to get a foothold.  Eat almonds!

WALNUTS Great for brain power and heart health.  They are high in omega-3s, and they help to heal imbalances caused by acidic, inflammatory foods.  My husband has a slight allergy to walnuts…poor him!

 

CASHEWS Oh…One of our real favorites!  They contain 0 (that’s ZERO) cholesterol.  Cashews are loaded with magnesium which helps diminish the frequency of migraines, improves cognitive ability, and lowers blood pressure.  A handful of cashews a day is said to keep depression at bay!  Also, cashews contain (ok this is a really long word and I can’t even begin to pronounce it!) proanthocyanidins, a flavanol that inhibits the ability of cancer cells to divide and multiply, reducing incidences of colon cancer.  And, another benefit of cashews is that you can soak them and puree them to use as a natural thickener for soups, stews and sauces!

 

PECANS As a native Texan, this really is the BEST of the nut varieties.  Guess what the state tree is for Texas?  Yup!  The Pecan Tree!  They are a rich source of energy which help to protect the body from diseases, cancers and infections.  They are loaded with vitamin E, plus vitamin B-complex, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium.

 

PINE NUTS These little meaty-flavored nuts help diminish appetite and balance hormones.  High in protein and amino acids, pine nuts are an excellent source of B vitamins.  They also boost energy, reduce heart disease risk, provide anti-aging antioxidants (really!), and improve vision health   And, they grow on pine trees!  You find the nuts between the scales of pine cones.  

 

MACADAMIA These are native to Australia and they are delicious, but can be a bit expensive.  Another nut that boosts energy, macadamia nuts also provide 23% of daily recommendation levels of dietary fiber.  They are also used widely in gluten-free food formulations.  These sweet refreshing nuts provide essential minerals, vitamins, and heart-friendly good fatty acids.

 

In short, it’s okay to be a little nutty!  Not only do they provide great health benefits, but nuts taste great!  There you have it!  Nuts are a good thing!  I want to share a nut filled recipe I think you will enjoy as much as my Corum Crew does!

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Nutty Texan Living in Colorado Trail Mix

½ Cup Raw Almonds

¼ Cup Raw Walnuts

½ Cup Raw Cashews

½ Cup Raw Pecans

¼ Cup Raw Pine Nuts

¼ Cup Raw Macadamias

1 Cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut Flakes

½ Cup Unsweetened Organic Dried Cherries

½ Cup Unsweetened Organic Dried Cranberries

½ Cup Raw Organic Pumpkin Seeds

½ Cup Raw Shelled Sunflower Seeds

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chunks

½ Tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

1 Tbs Liquid Coconut Oil

½ Tsp Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all nuts and seeds together in a large bowl, add coconut, salt, coconut oil and mix well. Spread out over a baking pan.  Toast in oven for about 10 minutes, keeping a close watch so the mixture does not over toast or burn.  Remove from oven and cool completely.   Dump nuts and seeds into a large bowl and add dried cherries and cranberries, dark chocolate chunks and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Mix well.  Hit the trail!

I hope this information on the benefits of nuts will be as helpful to you as it has been for me and my family!  And, be sure and try our trail mix recipe and let me know what you think!

Happy Spring to you!

Joyfully,

Shanna

 

 

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