mixed nuts part 2

Crazy for Mixed Nuts Part 2

The extremely versatile nut can be used as:

  • nut butters
  • nut milks
  • ground into flours
  • tossed onto salads
  • tossed into pasta
  • used in casseroles
  • used in cereal
  • used in granola
  • eaten in trail mix
  • sautéed with vegetables
  • made into sauces
  • used in baked goods
  • made into cheese
  • and more!

And they can be eaten:

  • Raw
  • sauteed
  • toasted
  • roasted
  • ground
  • boiled
  • slivered
  • whole

Our Part 2 continues with:

Peanut_9417Peanuts. Peanuts are not actually a nut. They are a legume. Most commonly used roasted in the shell or as peanut butter, properties of legumes are high protein and high fiber, which is exactly what peanuts have. They also contain over 30 essential nutrients, including niacin which helps with our brain health! So make sure when you buy your peanut butters it’s the real stuff.

Pecans. This is the nut that no one is 100% sure how to pronounce. Is it PEE-can or pe-KAWN? In any case, we can enjoy some vegan pecan pie while debating the pronunciation. Bittersweet tasting pecans are a good source of manganese, omega-6 fatty acids and help to lower the “bad” cholesterol.

Pine Nuts. Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees. Native American Indians in the western part of the USA would harvest these nuts and eat them as a good source of protein. Today, they are commonly found in vegan pesto sauces, on top of pasta or tossed onto salads. They have a sweet, creamy flavor to them. They are a great source of magnesium, manganese, iron, Vit K and Vit E, just to name a few.

nuts PistachioPistachios. Most commonly found in their shells, these green colored, highly addictive nuts are lower in fat that some of it’s nut brothers and sisters. They are originally from Central Asia and the Middle East. Vitamins such as thiamin and Vitamin B6, as well as minerals like copper, manganese and phosphorus can be found in pistachios. Plus a serving has more than half of the daily required amount of fiber needed. Shells can be recycled if they are unsalted. They can be used as a fire-starter, much like newspaper, or can be used as mulch or as an added component to compost in the garden.

Walnuts. Walnuts have always been used in breads, cookies and cakes. Not only for their taste, but also because they are easy to work with. Crushing them is rather easy and when shelled, they are easy to open. Walnuts are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which contribute to heart health. They also carry a nice amount of manganese, which help the body function and copper, which help keep the immune system working and helps to form collagen.

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