Walnut collage

No. 5 WALNUTS

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I DIDN'T KNOW A NUT COULD DO THAT

In this installment of #IDKANCDT we’re focusing on everyone’s favorite salad topping, Walnuts. Powerhouse health improvers and versatile ingredients, it turns out walnuts are more than they’re cracked up to be (we couldn’t resist!).

 

THE FACTS:

Love walnuts? You’re in good company! People have been eating walnuts since 7000BC, and it’s the oldest known tree food.

We heart walnuts, and they heart us too. Walnuts are known as the most heart healthy nut. It’s only nut with alpha linoleic acid or ALA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that helps prevent blood clots and lowers the risk of heart disease.

Superfood? You bet. Walnuts are rich in Omega-3s, have no trans-fat and no cholesterol, and a handful of walnuts has more antioxidants than a glass of apple juice, a chocolate bar, or a glass of red wine. *(Journal of Nutrition)

Walnuts are known as “brain food” not only because their hard shell and wavy fruit look like a skull, but also because their Omega-3s actually promote brain function. That’s one smart nut!

 

DISH IDEAS: 

Gluten-Free? Walnuts can be finely ground to replace flour. If you’re like us, you’re too lazy to grind your own. No worries, get your Walnut Flour here.

We like to put walnuts in our Pesto to build a rich nutty flavor and add texture.

Do try our Butternut Squash Bolognese over a delicious and trendy bowl of spiralized veggies #vegettimonologue.

Walnuts add that coveted crunch to salads, so why not take it up a notch by making spiced or candied walnuts.

Love nut butters? Meet your new friend, heart healthy Walnut Butter.

For dessert, try our yummy Chocolate Covered Walnuts or looking for a healthier crust for your vegan cheesecake? Ground walnuts with dates, and voila!

 

NUTS FOR NUTS? Learn more about what other nuts can do in our previous installments of #IDKANCDT featuring Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, and Chestnuts.