This week we’re going NUTS !
I’m willing to bet many of you don’t include nuts and seeds in your diet on a regular basis – if this is you, then it’s my job to teach you what you’re missing out on and how you can become nuts about nuts!
Going back a few years, I rarely ate nuts… unless they were salted peanuts at the bar, but I’m not sure that counts. But all that has changed, I’ve learnt the error of my ways… Now, they are just there, a part of my life without even thinking about it, you know, like your favourite fluffy slippers…
Seriously, these funny shaped little crunchy things are so full of goodness and can so easily be incorporated into your diet without much effort.
Let’s start with some facts
Our body is very complex and it needs a whole lot of nourishment to keep us functioning as we should. But did you know how many of the core elements needed can be supplied by eating nuts and seeds? These include:
Vitamins & Minerals: More than half of the vitamins and minerals needed are found in these little gems.
Fibre: To keep your bowels healthy and make you feel full, great for anyone trying to lose weight.
Protein: Also filling you up and supporting muscle strength.
Antioxidants: Many contain antioxidants which protect against some cancers and heart disease.
8 ways to add nuts and seeds into your diet
1. Make nut butter: Simply blend nuts in a high speed blender until it forms a peanut butter like consistency. Spread it on bread, add it to sauces or other cooking, it’s so versatile. We love cashew butter!
2. Add them to cereal: My favourite is oats topped ground almonds and cashews, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, sesame and poppy seeds
3. Smoothies: My favourites are adding chia or hemp seeds and cashew nuts
4. Stir-Fry Meals: Stir in loose nuts and seeds for a bonus flavour and texture
5. Make protein bars: Recipe to follow
6. Add them to cake / bread mixes: If you make your own, throw in a few nuts and seeds
7. Sprinkle over salads: Anything you enjoy goes and gives an extra texture
8. Simple snacks: Prepare a few bags with a mix of your choice, along with some dried fruits and berries, ready for the weeks snacks
Aren’t they fattening I hear you cry?
No, not unless you intend to eat kilos of them at a time! Unfortunately, for many years there has been a misconception that ‘fat’ makes you fat. It has recently been discovered that this is actually not the whole story. I’m not going to go into this now, but basically it depends on the type of fat and the source. That found in nuts and seeds is the good guy, so don’t deprive yourself – you’ll be missing out on so much goodness! Try to avoid anything with added salt. We’ve found the best places for a good variety (in France) is Grand Frais or bio shops. They’re not cheap but they actually go a long way so worth it.
Recipe time… Nutty Protein Punch
Click here for the printable recipe. It may look like a lot of ingredients but I promise it isn’t complicated and it takes no longer than 15 mins of active time. Personally I think they are one of the most delicious creations EVER! I’ve added protein powder as I intended for these to be a post-workout snack, but you don’t need to. Just reduce the coconut oil a little to keep the correct consistency.
Let me know how you get on… I hope you enjoy them!
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I’d love to hear below how you incorporate nuts and seeds into your diet and if you’ve enjoyed this post, please share on social media or with anyone you think would enjoying hearing from me. Thank you and catch you again soon.