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Nuts for Nutrition!

  • Nov 7, 2009
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Nuts are some of the best things you can eat - they're loaded with antioxidants, good fats, and protein. I never really liked nuts growing up but have learned to love them as I got older. Here are my favorites and why!
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Almond
Almonds have gotten really popular as a snack in recent years(probably because of the crafty work of the California Almond Board). And why not? They're filled with protein and just a handful will tide you over as an afternoon snack until dinnertime. They're also great sliced in cereals.
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Brazil nut
I love brazil nuts! Their large size create an awesome soft texture. I usually like salted nuts the best, but brazil nuts are delicious just the way they are.
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Cashew
Ugh, I love when cashews are super salty! Also love flavor-roasted cashews, such as Thai curry cashews. See if you can pick some up at your local grocery store - maybe Trader Joe's?
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Macadamia
Though these are great in baked goods, I like them just the way they are! Their shape and size is pretty wonderful. Really good in trail mix.
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hazelnut
Most delicious when used in baking and for hot beverages - hello, NUTELLA?! My favorite hazelnut treat is chocolate chip cookies with hazelnuts! Yum!
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Chestnut
I haven't chestnuts in forever, but I do love them. They're really, really oily if you get them roasted the right way - and that's the best way! ;) When you eat them you can tell how good they are for you.
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Pecan
Awesome in baked goods. I can't ever eat a pecan again without thinking of the breakfast treat, "sticky buns". Click here for a recipe/review!
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Walnut
The BEST in cereals, or anything with maple flavor!
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Pistachio
I'm not entirely keen on these, but I do love how they usually come salted to perfection. The green color weirds me out a little.
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Peanut
I think it's safe to say that these are the most common and generic of all nuts, but that doesn't mean they aren't great. I like them the best in other foods, like trail mix, Clif bars, and OF COURSE, peanut butter! I can't believe I never liked peanut butter as a kid...weird, huh?

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November 09, 2009
Mmmmm, hazelnut-flavored anything is delicious, but now you've got my mind on Nutella and Ferrero Rochers!
 
November 07, 2009
i heard that nuts are a great Blue Zone food... but i'm not sure which ones are the best since i haven't read the book. i need to figure that out. a Cliff Clavin side note: the hazel nut is also known as the Filbert.
November 09, 2009
I just checked out the Blue Zone site... the book sounds like something I can get behind. Haha, coming from Boston, I can certainly appreciate the Cliff Clavin side note!!! :) Thanks for the comment.
 
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