Here’s something that’s indulgent and good for you!

August 15, 2012 BY: LISA

Often people guiltily admit that macadamias are their favourite nut and assume they are unhealthy for them. Well here is one indulgent guilt free snack!

Here’s a few facts you might not know:

  • Macadamia’s are Australia’s native nut and we are the largest producer in the world- exporting to 40 countries.
  • The oil in macadamia’s is mostly monounsaturated and these unsaturated fats help control cholesterol levels.
  • Macadamia’s also contain fibre, small amounts of plant sterols (cholesterol lowering) and arginine which help to keep blood vessels relaxed and flexible.
  • Macadamia’s contain around 2grams of fibre per 30gram serve which is similar to a slice of wholemeal bread.
  • Because of the high oil and fibre content macadamia’s, and indeed all nuts, are good for lowering blood sugar levels. We know that high glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates increase the risk of heart disease, so instead of a biscuit grab a handful of nuts as a snack.
  • Macadamia’s contain protective phytochemicals including antioxidants

Storage:

Unopened packs will keep in a cool dark place for up to a year. If you aren’t going to eat the macadamia’s within a week store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 months or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

From the Nuts for life website:

23 tips for including nuts daily
Use the following ideas to enjoy nuts in your daily diet:

  • Toss roasted pistachios through a salad of roasted pumpkin, spinach and avocado
  • Blend almonds, milk, yoghurt and ice cream to make a delicious smoothie
  • Roast chestnuts and add to a poultry stuffing mix
  • Bake blueberry bread with pecans
  • Dry roast cashew and sprinkle over a Thai beef salad
  • Try hazelnut in a chilli pasta
  • Crumble macadamias into your next risotto
  • Add roasted pine nuts to a frittata with tomato and feta
  • Use walnuts next time you make pesto and added to grilled meat
  • Whiz Brazil nuts, garlic, ricotta and parsley together for a mushroom stuffing
  • Mix a handful of nuts with apple, oats and yoghurt and refrigerate overnight for a bircher muesli
  • Munch on pistachios as a pre-dinner appetiser
  • Sprinkle almonds or cashews through a stir fry
  • Roast chestnuts or pine nuts and toss them through a salad
  • Crumble pecans or walnuts into a yoghurt dessert topping and serve with fruit
  • Sprinkle chopped, roasted hazelnuts or almonds onto low fat ice cream
  • Crumble macadamias or pistachios onto grilled fish
  • Sprinkle chopped almonds and walnuts on breakfast cereals or muesli
  • Use a pure nut spread (eg almond or brazil nut spread) on toast in place of butter or margarine
  • Mix chopped hazelnuts or pecans in muffins or cakes
  • Add extra crunch to dips with macadamias or walnut pieces
  • Use roasted chestnuts in place of potato at evening meals
  • Snack on a handful of unsalted mixed nuts

Download your free copy of a 24 page nut recipe book

http://www.nutsforlife.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=11&id=177&Itemid=184

 

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