Weekly Wonders-@Nuts for Snacking

Nuts for post workouts.

@Nuts for Snacking

Getting older is a fact of life. And embracing it is my new mantra! We especially want to take care of ourselves and fuel our bodies thoroughly with quality food!

I enjoy noshing and I know exercise is important. So what is a good snack for post workouts and even other times of the days? As a relatively clean eater I’d tell you nuts are my favorite snack. So when I heard nuts.com was looking to address healthy snacks, I figured this was right up my alley!  Hey—even Stylin’ Granny Mama talked about how great nuts are just last week here!

History:

So first let me give you some of my history. Growing up as a child of a home economics teacher, I’ve always been exposed to home cooked food. But truthfully, I was an extremely picky eater growing up. It wasn’t until I married my husband, Rob, that I expanded my food love and will now eat anything (quality does make quite a difference, I’ve learned). For some reason, health & nutrition have been a major player in my life and years ago I found a magazine I loved called Clean Eating. I think that magazine along with our personal trainer, TJ at the time, made a huge difference in how I ate and made me realize how food does affect your overall being!

In case you think I’m making all of this up, just ask my former employees—I’d always buy the large bags of almonds and the big tray of raw veggies for snacking at the office!

When I was having issues with waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back to sleep, my acupuncturist, Ruth recommended a small protein snack right before bed (I never used to eat before bed—isn’t that a no-no?). Her advice started the habit of me having a handful of nuts (usually peanuts or my fave mix (see the recipe below)) right before hitting the sack. If you want some other ideas of great high protein snacks, check out nuts.com’s page here.

My Fave Recipe:

Nuts for post workouts.

This is actually a King Soopers recipe my mom found that I constantly use & reconfigure: (like above—I used peanuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, & almonds). I will use whatever I have in the house for nuts (I’ve used brazil nuts before & walnuts & pistachios. I tried pine nuts once, but they’re so small, it wasn’t a good mix)

Use 6 cups of a variety of nuts. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

Melt in a small saucepan: (you can customize this sauce also—are you in the mood for mexican/spicy? —change it up every time)

3 TBsp butter

1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 tsp. cumin

The recipe calls for 1 TBsp brown sugar, but I usually leave it out or add less.

When the nuts are toasted, put them in a bowl and drizzle the sauce over top. Mix well. Let cool and enjoy!!

 A tip: Keep your nuts in the freezer…they’ll last longer! 

If you sign up for nuts.com’s newsletter (https://nuts.com/subscribe) they periodically send out discounts (since you realize that I’m all about savings)!

This week for our styling fun, we’ll be mixing up our prints (gasp)!! Linking with Senior Salon

  • Kathleen McDermott

    My husband and I are ethical vegetarians since 1989. Love nuts of all kinds. Snacking, of course, but cooking too. Our Thanksgiving roast is walnut based, and I make burgers and “meat” loaves of various nuts. Plus they are so good on salads and in sandwich spreads. Thanks, Jodie, for highlighting the wonderful taste and benefit of nuts (and legumes!) of all kinds. They are so versatile and delicious.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet your Thanksgiving roast is so interesting, Kathleen.
      When we were visiting Seattle we went to dinner at a vegan pre-fixe restaurant and it was fabulous! Even Rob liked it although he wouldn’t want to eat that way all the time!!

  • Mmmmm…this looks good. I love nuts. I’m pescatarian so I get lots of my protein from nuts. I also keep my nuts in the freezer until I roast them and then keep them in the fridge. Nuts taste so much better freshly roasted. And of course I am addicted to my chocolate nut and seed bark.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes…that chocolate, nut and seed bark was better than many things I shouldn’t say in public…
      I must admit I’m so glad nobody gave me heck about saying to keep your nuts in the freezer—my husband had a little chuckle about it, but I didn’t know how else to word it!!!

      • Ha ha! I laughed about it and then almost wrote “I don’t mean my husband.” Ha ha!

  • This sounds delicious! A friend of mine made a nut medley recently and I LOVED it!

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s my salty snack (although there are times I add chocolate chips!!)!
      Thanks for stopping by Alecz!

  • PetiteOver40

    Yum!! You won’t believe me when I tell you this because you’ve seen that I cook meat, but I’m actually a vegetarian and nuts are a key source of protein for me! (I cook the meat but my husband taste tests it to make sure it’s good.) These look delicious! I’ll have to give your recipe a whirl!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So I bet you have some great recipes yourself….I wouldn’t mind if you wanted to share!
      To me, it’s fun to try new ones so I don’t get bored with the old ones!!!

  • Laura

    This sounds delicious! I love healthy snack options and the addition of the flavoring will really help satisfy!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And it’s nice you can basically use what you have!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Thanks for the recipe, Jodie. Do you have a calorie count on those nuts? Suggestions for customizing the sauce?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a great question about calories—I don’t but I’ll reason it out. The sauce really just coats the nuts ever so little, so I’m thinking that’s minimal. So it really depends which nuts you use. A handful of nuts (about an ounce or 1/8 of a cup) would be about 100 calories.
      Of course even if you have “too many”—my rationale is that at least they are “real” food (although I do add chocolate chips to my plain nuts at times)
      The last time I made this, I added red pepper flakes and paprika and omitted the coriander.
      I’ve also added chili powder!!

  • Sounds wonderful! I like nuts too. Gemma x
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      To me, it’s the salty thing—and much better than potato chips!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Isn’t it great when something good for you taste good too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Hey Jodie! Thanks for the mention! Great article on nuts and I love the recipe. I’m going to have to try that. Also, I’ve always kept my nuts in the fridge, but the freezer will make them last longer. Thanks for the info! – Amy
    http://www.stylingrannymama.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I used to keep all of our nuts in the pantry until some went rancid–and I hate throwing food away—so that was very traumatic to me!
      Thanks for always reading Amy!!