Here on Health Me Up, we encourage the consumption of nuts in all forms as they enrich us with essential hearth healthy good fats and proteins...Not to mention they are delicious additions to any meal or snack. Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, cashew nuts, anything goes. But instead of eating nuts as they are, here are three interesting ideas for including nuts in your daily diet. Read on for recipes with nuts for healthy snacks.
1. Make your own nut butter: You can buy peanut butter in a supermarket, but there are many healthier options you can make at home. You can make almond butter, macadamia nut butter, hazelnut butter etc. Add these to your recipes instead of just spreading them on bread or just simply eat a spoonful of any of these nut butters to fight hunger pangs.
1 cup roasted nuts or seeds
1 tbsp and 1 tsp of coconut oil
Throw in the above ingredients into a mixer and process on medium to high speed, stopping periodically to scrape out the sides. Blend until smooth (or chunky if you prefer). Store the mix in the refrigerator and warm to room temperature when ready to use.
2. Flourless pie crust: Making pie crust at home from scratch is a great idea for a homemade dessert (think apple pie). And this crust is flourless, made from nuts instead.
1 ¼ cups almond meal (Almond with skin pulverized in a mixer to a course flourlike consistency)
2/3 cup coconut oil
¼ tsp salt
5 tbsp of icy water
Combine the almond flour and salt in a mixing bowl and mix until mixture resembles course crumbs. Mix in water, 1 tbsp at a time, until dough is formed. Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready, roll out and place in pie dish. Fill your favourite fruit (apples or strawberries) and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until the crust turns rich, golden brown.
3. Add some crunch to your salads and stir fry dishes: While salads and stir-fry dishes are delicious, they sometimes just lack the texture. Add some crunch by adding your favourite nuts (if roasted, even better) to your salads and feel the difference they make.
These pointers on how to use the goodness of nuts to substitute other less wholesome ingredients offer you flexibility to consume nuts as part of your regular diet.
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