Tag: nuts

Nuts About Almonds

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, October 13, 2011

almonds
We’ve told you all about grains, legumes, herbs and seasonal produce. In this new series we’ll explore the nuts we’re crazy about —  let’s get cracking!

Almond Basics
Almonds originated in central Asia and their cultivation has been traced back to Biblical times. In ancient Egypt, almonds were left in King Tut’s tomb to keep him nourished in the afterlife. These crunchy goodies were brought over to the United States from Spain in 1700. Two hundred years later, the almond industry was booming in California.

Almonds are the seeds of a fruit tree that’s related to the rose family. They’re grown in California, Australia, the Mediterranean and South Africa. There are two main types of almonds: sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds have a delicate and slightly sweet flavor and are the variety that most folks eat. Bitter almonds contain a toxic chemical called hydrocyanic acid and can be lethal when eaten raw. The chemical is destroyed once it is heated and the almond is then safe to eat. Bitter almonds aren’t allowed to be sold in the United States, though processed bitter almonds are used in flavor extracts and liqueurs.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Make Your Own Nut Butters

by in Uncategorized, February 20, 2011
Almond Butter Apples
Almond Butter Apples - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

I love peanut butter! If you’re a fanatic like me, you’ll love how quick, simple, creative and healthy making your own nut butters can be. Homemade nut butters are preservative-free and packed with heart-healthy fats. They are a versatile ingredient that’s both filling and delicious. Smear these nut butters on a cracker, a slice of apple or crusty whole grain bread or blend it into your favorite recipe.

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Pantry Makeover: What to Stock, What to Skip

by in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, January 13, 2011

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We’ve given you tips for the refrigerator — now it’s time to clean out that pantry! Besides tossing those expired products and wiping down those shelves, here are 5 items to stock up on and 5 things to toss.

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Make Your Own Trail Mix

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 20, 2010
TrailMix
Almond Lover's Trail Mix - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

The sweet and crunchy combo of nuts and dried fruit makes a satisfying snack you can enjoy just about anywhere. But when you buy pre-made kinds, there’s usually something in there you don’t really like. The solution: Make your own signature blend in three simple steps.

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Top 10 Foods for Stress Relief

by in Healthy Tips, April 15, 2010

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Eat your way to a more relaxed state — and no, we don’t mean pigging out on high-calorie junk food. While there isn’t a cure-all food to magically erase frustration, you can get some stress relief with a combo of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day and getting more of these 10 fresh goodies.

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5 Ingredients: Dark Chocolate Bark (2 Ways!)

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, March 24, 2010

Chocolate Bark
Easter is second on the list of top-selling candy holidays (after Halloween, of course). Skip the sugary jellybeans, chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks and make your candy with some healthy ingredients thrown in. Chocolate bark is the easiest sweets recipe ever!

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Spotlight Recipe: Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts

by in Healthy Recipes, October 10, 2009

Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts
When I get home from work late, I often don’t have the energy to cook up a full meal. For nights like that, this salad is perfect. Gorgonzola is my absolute favorite cheese. Pair it with nuts and I’m in heaven. This salad matches the crumbled cheese with walnuts, which adds more protein and loads of omega-3 fats (walnuts have some of the highest amounts found in nuts). By the way, it’s also National Walnut Month — what better way to celebrate?

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5 Snacks to Fight Off Hunger

by in Healthy Tips, October 6, 2009

cottage cheese
For me, snacking is a must! It helps me get from one meal to the next — no headaches, drops in energy or stomach rumbling. My secret: choosing snacks that contain hunger-fighting ingredients. Here are five favorites.

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Good Eats for Better Bones

by in Healthy Tips, July 30, 2009

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Let’s face it — most of us could do more for our bones. An estimated 44 million Americans are at risk for, or have, osteoporosis, a disease where bones become increasingly fragile and sometimes fracture. Though women are 4 times more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, men are affected as well. Exercise and some medications can help, but what you eat plays a vital role. Whether you’re worried or not, you can’t go wrong incorporating more of these foods into your daily routine.

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Cracking the Threat of Nut Allergies

by in Food Safety, Healthy Tips, April 30, 2009


Nut allergies are serious business. Millions of Americans have them. Not only can reactions be life-threatening, but it’s tough even knowing which foods contain nuts these days. Even if you’re not allergic, it’s good to know the basics to keep dinner guests, kids and your co-workers safe.

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