What’s your favourite nut? There are so many tasty varieties, it’s hard to choose! Not only do they make a great trail mix, but all of them contain different nutritional benefits:
Brazil Nuts – selenium for thyroid, antioxidants for skin, magnesium for muscles and blood pressure.
Almonds – protein and fiber, minerals, high in nutrients, and vitamin E to help boost immunity as well as protect your skin and eyes.
Cashews – high magnesium for bone and joint health, copper to synthesize collagen and protect potential damage caused by osteoporosis, and when soaked and blended, makes a great dairy substitute!
Walnuts – high in omega-3’s that contribute to brain function, focus and lowering inflammation, and increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your gut which are responsible for nutrient absorption.
Pine Nuts – contain anti-aging antioxidants (such as vitamin C), lutein to reduce the risk of eye disease, high in zinc to boost immunity, as well as iron for higher oxygen levels in the blood for energy.
Bored of plain nuts for snacking? Try these delicious and healthy recipes:
In a bowl, mix together 1 C organic rolled oats, ½ C chopped almonds, ½ C chopped walnuts, 2 tbsp. organic maple syrup, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Spread flat on baking tray with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes at 300 degrees. Add ¼ C dried mangoes, ¼ C dried banana chips and ¼ C shredded coconut and let cool. Use as a topping for a yogurt parfait!
In a bowl, add 1 C of your favourite nut butter, 1 tbsp. organic maple syrup, 1 tsp. maca powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ C organic rolled oats and dark chocolate chips to taste. Mix and let cool in the fridge for 1 hour. Once cool, roll into 1-inch balls and enjoy!