Wild About Nuts
Spruce up your meals with one of the planet's most versatile ingredients
Boom! Your mouth won't believe the taste
Nuts are a great snack on the fly, but you don't have to just eat them out of hand: they are also wonderful in salads, as a crust for poultry and seafood entrees, and even pureed as a thickening agent in chilled or hot soups. With at least a dozen varieties available everywhere, some of the most popular are almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, peanuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and macadamias.
Go a little nuts every day
To work these tasty treats into your daily routine, give one of the following a try:
Get health and taste--all in the same mouthful
When eaten in moderation--a small handful each day--nuts provide a rich source of protein and may assist in lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They are also a good source of dietary fiber and each supplies its own antioxidant protection or other benefits from essential nutrients such as B vitamins and vitamin E, and minerals such as iron, magnesium, selenium, and potassium.
Buy, store, and enjoy fresh
Nuts don't have a long shelf life, so look for the freshest options to avoid those that have lost their beneficial nutrients. Raw and unsalted provide the most health benefit. To preserve them longer, place in small bags and freeze. Ask your store if they offer any fresh nut butters or buy some nuts in bulk and try making your own.
Chef Steve Petusevsky is a popular columnist and cookbook author who enjoys eating pistachios or almonds late into the night while spell checking.