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Nuts–A Look At The Energetics Of Our Favorite Nuts

By |2018-05-31T13:35:49+00:00November 19th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Autumn and early winter are the peak harvest times for nuts. Nature’s little powerhouses, nuts possess all the energy,  to create a strong, towering tree, making them one of the most nutrient rich forms of foods available to humans.  One short blog isn’t enough space to tackle all 300+ edible types of nuts, but it is more than adequate to get a brief overview of the nutritional benefits and energetics of nuts along with  handling, storage and some ideas of how to incorporate nuts into your diet.

Western nutritional highlights

Although nuts will vary in their content of protein, oils, vitamins and minerals we can look at them overall and get the general idea of what they have to offer.

  • Protein– All nuts are high in protein.  A 1/3 cup serving of cashews contains 21 grams.  However that same serving gives you 260 calories–something to consider if you are calorie counting. The amino acids in nuts are pretty well balanced but lack the methionine and tryptophan found in animal proteins. However, mixed with grains, as many traditional cultures do, you can easily balance the meal.
  • Fats–Don’t let the word scare you. We need healthy fats to maintain healthy hormones, immunity, and nervous system, cerebral functions and more.  And it’s the fats that give nuts their delicious flavor and the sensation that satiates our appetite.  Luckily, most nuts are high in unsaturated fats (happy fats), and many of them have been shown to successfully help lower blood lipid levels (high cholesterol) and aid in the treatment of heart disease. In fact, nearly all nuts have appeared in studies and are shown to be beneficial in lowering cholesterol and protecting the heart.  Nut’s fat content varies from about 50% (found in peanuts and almonds) […]
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Honey Spiced Nuts

By |2016-12-29T12:24:19+00:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Herbs & Spices, Snacks, Winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen.  I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks and we toss them onto salads, over hot grain cereals, into granola or send them off to school for a nutritious snack. This recipe is a general guide, feel free to use your favorite spice combinations or to add in minced candied ginger or dried fruits like cranberries.Honey Spiced Nuts – – mixed nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts…choose your favorites), honey or maple syrup (start with less and increase to just cover the nuts, to avoid gooey nuts), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper (to taste), – Healing Benefits: Although nuts will vary in their content of protein, oils, vitamins and minerals we can look at them overall and get the general idea of what they have to offer. As a group nuts build and strengthen the body.  They add on weight and fight deficiencies.  Yin building (fluids and fats) and warming nuts are good for thin, weak and frail types but should be avoided if there is excess dampness, phlegm or yeast.  Too many nuts can scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.

Primary Season: Autumn and Winter.