@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!
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:
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!
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