Why I’m Nuts about Nuts!

 

Wellness Wednesday!

Nuts and seeds are one of my favorite things.  They are so versatile in cooking and have so many health benefits.  Plus there are so many different varieties of seeds and nuts that I never get bored or tired of eating them.

Nuts have been shown to lower cholesterol, fight inflammation, reduce blood clots, prevent cancer, and help manage type 2 diabetes.  The latest findings are showing that nuts minimize cardiovascular risk.  They cut your risk of sudden cardiac death by a third!  That’s HUGE!  Most people who drop dead of sudden cardiovascular disease are not even considered high risk or have any recognized heart disease.  Their first symptom can be their last symptom.  What better reason to start adding nuts into your diet now.

Researchers have known that nuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, Vit. E, iron, zinc, and many other vitamins and minerals, but they are now looking at the magnesium in nuts as being a great heart saver.

There are so many things that you can do with nuts.  Sprinkle them on salads, in stir fries, and in quinoa.  You can mix them with oats and dried fruit or throw some in your smoothie.  You can make milk out of almonds, brazil nuts and cashew nuts.  By soaking cashews and then blending with lemon juice you can make non dairy cream cheese.  Add a little apple cider vinegar to this and you have non dairy sour cream.  Roast nuts and blend them until they are smooth and creamy and you have raw, all-natural, nut butters.  You can even make desserts and ice cream with nuts!  The options are endless.

Right now I have cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, and brazil nuts in my pantry.  They are a great snack by themselves or can be mixed with other ingredients to make endless yummy dishes.  They are good tasting and good for you.  So have a heart and grab a handful today.

-Kristen

Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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