By Chef Centehua:
Nuts are delicious and incredibly nutrient rich. A primary source of healthy fats, they are one of my favorite foods. I began introducing more raw nuts into my diet when I started learning how to prepare raw foods. It was very interesting to see how, the more fat I consumed, the more weight I lost.
Of course, weight loss is not the only benefit of eating more nuts. Walnuts, for example, are high in alpha-Linolenic acid, which promotes
cardiovascular health during stressful times. Yes, indeed, nuts can help reduce the damaging effects of stress!
Almonds are high in magnesium, and vitamins E and B, which help boost the immune system. Hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds are also rich in arginine, an amino acid that converts into nitric oxide once in the body and basically helps keep blood vessels relaxed and clear. These nuts provide a healthy dose of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and fiber, thus assisting in protecting the heart and balancing cholesterol levels.
Researchers for cancer prevention have reported that nuts like pistachios, rich in gamma-tocopherol, which is a type of vitamin E, provide cancer fightingqualities and may assist in erectile dysfunction, according to the Journal of Impotence research. The mineral Selenium present in Brazil nuts helps prevent advanced prostate cancer, according to the American Association of cancer research.
Incorporating a handful of walnuts and Brazil nuts into your daily diet is as easy as eating a cookie …. a raw superfood cookie, that is. Eating a handful of walnuts affects sperm quality, according to a UCLA study — a great thing for couples desiring to start a family to know.
I make a big batch of raw nutty cookie dough every week for the family. My kids love it and I am quite pleased that they eat nuts daily. Nuts are the best school snack: they are brain food, thanks to their high content of vitamin E and B-vitamin folate, which is responsible for preventing cognitive decline. This means I am going to eat nuts for the rest of my life! According to the British Journal of Nutrition, nuts not only improve working memory but also aid in problem solving, motor function and overall neural health.
There are plenty of great reasons to go nuts! So here is a little information about preparation. Raw nuts provide more nutrients than roasted and sugar coated nuts. In order to make the nuts digestible, it’s recommended to sprout them. It’s as easy as covering them in spring water overnight or for a few hours during the day. Let them dry and then use them in your favorite dish. My favorite way to eat nuts is in raw desserts. I also make a cashew-Macadamia whipped cream that is absolutely decadent and nutrient rich. Making nut milk is a great way to get nutrients and great for use in smoothies, lattes, elixirs, etc.
Quite frankly, I like to keep a jar of raw almond butter in my bag because, when hunger strikes or if I’m feeling stressed out while driving during rush hour, I can simply eat a few spoonfuls of yummy, nutty goodness! So comforting and filling.Great snack to have around. You can experiment with your own nut spreads, too. Simply place nuts in the food processor with a little raw honey and voila! You can also make savory spreads and nut cheeses. The possibilities are endless. In my opinion, nuts are feel good food. Food is medicine and food is also pleasure.
Here’s one of my favorite nutty treats. Enjoy!