Nuts are healthy powerhouses chock-full of protein, fibre and healthy fats. Here are seven delicious ways to use them every day!
Do you ever wish you had a little extra grey matter to help remember where you left your keys? Well, the right foods can help super-charge your memory, thinking and problem solving. A great place to begin is with a daily handful of nuts.
Nuts are high in brain-boosting healthy fats and vitamin E, and have been linked with a lower risk of depression. Have you had your healthy handful toady?
1 Snack smart on nuts
Whip up an energising trail mix with unsalted cashews, mixed seeds and cranberries for on-the-go snacking.
2 Add nuts to your salads
Take your salad from zero to hero by sprinkling it with tasty toasted pine nuts just before serving.
3 Nutty pancakes
You don’t have to give up pancakes just because you’re gluten free — swap plain flour for almond meal in your Sunday breakfast pancakes.
4 Nutty bliss balls
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, simply blitz mixed nuts, dates, coconut and a hint of honey in a food processor and roll into bite-sized balls. Easy!
5 Meal in minutes
Toast a slice of grainy bread and top with a tablespoon of peanut butter and banana.
6 A twist on fish
Give your baked fish a boost with a crunchy nut crust. Blitz pecans into crumbs and press onto fish fillets, then bake until golden.
7 Pesto perfection
Replace the usual pine nuts in your favourite pesto with pistachios or walnuts for a tasty new spin on an Italian classic! Pesto is super versatile, too! Toss it through pasta, spread it on a pizza base or sandwich, or drizzle it over poached eggs.
Article sources and references
- J. O’BRIEN,1 et al. LONG-TERM INTAKE OF NUTS IN RELATION TO COGNITIVE FUNCTION IN OLDER WOMEN. J Nutr Health Aging. 2014 May; 18(5): 496–502. doi: 10.1007/s12603-014-0014-6https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4105147/
- Marta Guasch-Ferré et al. Nut Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. JACC Volume 70, Issue 20, November 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2017.09.035https://www.onlinejacc.org/content/70/20/2519.full