Nuts are a very wholesome snack that are filled with trusty antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins everyone without an allergy to can absorb their many benefits. One of the biggest factors nuts have in the world of cooking is that natural nuts can be stored for up to two years without them losing any of their significant qualities. If they are stored properly in a cool and dry area with low humidity, sealed against oxygen and direct sunlight they will retain nearly all their nutrients. Nuts contain a mixture of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and fiber.
Today, October 22 is “National Nut Day”! This food holiday celebrates all nuts such as; almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, filberts or hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts and pistachios. Many of these nuts are deemed heart healthy and a wonderful food product to snack on that provides so much more than a cookie, candy bar or slice of cake ever could. Nuts are filling, satisfying and won’t curb or ruin one’s appetite before the dinner time meal is served. Nuts are edible and composed of a hard shell and a seed that are classified as a fruit.
Tips for storing nuts to keep them fresh as the day they were purchased:
- Don’t store any nuts near other foods with strong smells. Nuts exposed to other food items with heavy odors will absorb those scents making them unappetizing.
- All nuts should be protected against insects, pests, pets and direct sunlight so they will have a longer shelf life.
- Roasted nuts specifically need to be protected from being in contact with oxygen. Using vacuum bags is best since they remove all air around the nuts when they are stored.
- Plastic containers and bags are also good ways to package excess nuts that need to be stored.
- Nuts sealed properly can be stored in a pantry for a few weeks while the same packaged nuts can be stored in the refrigerator for a few months and in the freezer for up to two years.
Cooks with all levels of experience use nuts in cooking, baking, creating snacks and new recipes. Using nuts that are fresh is the key to a great tasting recipe. These simple tips will help keep all types of nuts, fresh and provide them with a longer shelf life so they can be available whenever they are needed for the next recipe that includes nuts in the ingredients list.
Just a handful of almonds can do so much:
- Just by eating almonds they can aid in preserving the vitality of the brain, prolong life and strengthen muscles. They can also prevent premature wrinkles, black heads, dry skin and pimples.
- The minerals and vitamins as well as copper and iron can remedy anemia in a person.
- When consumed regularly they can restore sexual vigor.
- If ten almonds are eaten late in the evening by themselves or with a glass of warm milk they can help treat issues of constipation.
- Help fights whooping coughs, asthma and bronchitis when just a teaspoon of almond oil is added to a few drops of onion juice and ginger juice a few times a day.
Best nuts for your health:
- Almonds – approximately twenty-three almonds contain six grams of protein and fourteen grams of fat.
- Cashews – approximately eighteen cashews contain five grams of protein and thirteen grams of fat.
- Pistachios – consuming forty-nine pistachios contain six grams of protein and thirteen grams of fat.
- Peanuts – just twenty-eight unshelled peanuts provide 170 calories, seven grams of protein and fourteen grams of fat.
Worst nuts for your health:
- Macadamia nuts – eating twelve macadamia nuts provide only two grams of protein along with twenty-one grams of fat and have the highest amount of calories, ranging around 200 calories compared to all the other nuts on the market.
- Walnuts – in just seven walnuts one will consume 185 calories with eighteen grams of fat and only four grams of protein.
- Brazil nuts – in just six of these nuts one will consume 190 calories, nineteen grams of fat and four grams of protein.
Tips to remember:
- Try and avoid packaged or nuts roasted in oils. These nuts may include unhealthy fats and a lot less of their beneficial nutrients because they are heated at high temperatures when manufactured.
- The best nuts to consume are raw or dry roasted nuts.
Snack on some nuts today if you’re passionate about pistachios, wild for walnuts, keen on cashews, over the top with almonds, pleased with peanuts or just “nuts for nuts” and enjoy celebrating “National Nut Day”!