Tomorrow is my birthday! That means today is my 'School Birthday.' You know, like when you were little and your birthday fell on a weekend (or, God forbid, SUMMER!), and you were all excited to have your school birthday on a Friday... and your mom brought in cupcakes for your school party, then planned a birthday party for your whole class after school. Remember that? Well, I do. Want to ride the bus home with me after school?
Anyway, my school birthday is quite fun! I arrived at work this morning to see this on my desk... what a lovely day! My favorite things... York Peppermint Patties, Coconut Water, and totally cute cards!
But really. You want to know what I'm doing for my birthday? Thanks for asking! I have no idea what my real birthday plans are (Justin's got something figured out)... but, as far as my school birthday plans, I'm going on a self-guided gangster tour of Chicago tonight! Get excited for some juicy stories...
Without further ado, here is a bit of yummy insight into using Walnuts. I've been pouring out data and recipes for using nuts and seeds lately... get excited!
The Nuts And Seeds Gang:
Over the next few weeks, stop by for eight posts about nuts and seeds, how to incorporate them into your diet, which ones are best, and recipes for use...
Walnuts: They Look Like Brains (And Are Good For Yours)
- WHAT'S GOOD:Fabulous source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, manganese, and copper. Also shown to improve brain function, protect bones, and regulate sleep (due to melatonin). Walnuts also have Vitamin E in a different form than most other foods, in fact, a form that has greater health benefits for cardiovascular health.
- THE SUMMARY:
Walnuts, like most nuts, are fairly high in calories and fat. 1/4 of a cup is sufficient for a snack or sprinkling over other foods. Be careful not to sit down with a huge bag of these and eat too many. It's easy to do!
- CALORIES IN 1/4 CUP: 196
- HOW TO EAT IT:
DO shuck the SHELL; DON'T shuck the SKIN! 90% of a Walnut's nutrients are found in the skin!
- Add to oatmeal
- Add to yogurt
- Add to muffin or cake batter (Add to yellow cake batter along with bananas to make banana walnut cupcakes).
- Add to salads
- Consume a handful after a meal high in unhealthy fats in order to reduce the damaging effects of such fats on your blood vessels.
- Try Some of These Recipes Including Walnuts: Kahlua and Walnut Sweet Potatoes / Skinny Monkey / Grilled Balsamic Pear with Walnuts and Feta / Protein Stay-Full Meal Cookies /
- Add Walnuts to These Recipes: Oven Baked Sweet Banana Oatmeal / Frozen Banana Low Cal Ice Cream / Trail Mix / Banana Nut Muffins with Peanut Butter Whip / Healthy Breakfast "Coffee" Cake