I’m nuts about nuts! (Grandpa joke.) Anywho, today I’m gonna talk about the benefits of nuts even if you don’t like just grabbing a handful for a snack or adding them to your salads or meals. Try out some new nut butter or oils to get the healthy benefits of nature’s naturally antioxidant-rich nutty buddies! (womp womp)
Why You Should Own This Shtuff:
1.) Most nut oils and butters contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Same with flax seeds! Omega-3’s are great for heart health and can lower your risk of heart disease if you consume enough of them. Omega 3’s also help with joint inflammation in those that suffer from it, and it is said to also improve circulation!
2.) Nut oils are antioxidant-rich. Antioxidants are great for improving skin and hair health. Some use nut oils like almond in skin care recipes (here’s someone right here, holla!) because of its nutrient rich properties. Almond oil can be used to smooth on skin and can reduce symptoms of eczema and other dry skin issues. You can get these antioxidants by consuming and putting it on your body!
3.) THEY TASTE AWESOME. I know some people are selective with their nut flavors, but you can get just about any nut in butter or oil form! In choosing your oil or butter, go with nuts you know you like whole. Almond and walnut are light and sweet while others are more potent and rich like peanut or cashew. Macadamia nut oil is growing in popularity (it is said to be the new “olive oil”) but with any oil, a little goes a long way. Just one tablespoon of walnut oil is comparable to a 1/3 cup of walnuts!
Pay attention to the smoke point and shelf life of certain nut oils and butters. Some cannot be heated at high temperatures because they can turn carcinogenic while others are great for frying. As for shelf life, walnut oil has a very short shelf life (6 months) and does not do well in light. Check out this website for more information on these heart healthy oils.
Also, take into consideration who you’re cooking for! Many have nut allergies and because just a little is potent when it comes to oils and butters, use discretion in your recipes.
I love to add a spoonful of nut butters to certain smoothies for a burst of flavor or simply smear some on lettuce or endive leaves with a drizzle of honey (totally RAW snack!). For oils, I whip up my own SALAD DRESSINGS! I completely control the tastes, textures, and nutrients that go into my mixes. The possibilities are endless and very healthy. Have fun, play and explore the different textures and tastes.
P.S. I’m SO EXCITED to share my newest recipe with you on WEDNESDAY! White fish tacos with a mango salsa on warmed corn tortillas….mmmmmmmm! Perfect to kickstart your healthiest year yet!