Yes, nuts are a very healthy snack food and pack a big bang for the bite in terms of their nutrients.
Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol; plus, they are a good source of phytosterols, compounds that help lower blood cholesterol.
They are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium.
Because they are high in fat, nuts are also calorie-dense. A small handful goes a long way. But the fat, along with protein, is satiating and helps slow rises in blood sugar. That can prevent cravings for sweets and other carbohydrate-rich foods. In fact, research suggests that nuts may even help with appetite control, which can prevent weight gain or even help with weight loss!
Research has also shown that eating nuts daily may help us live healthier lives. A 2016 analysis of 29 studies and up to 819,000 people revealed that 20 grams of nuts a day – equivalent to a handful – can cut people’s risk of heart disease by nearly 30%, their risk of cancer by 15% and their risk of premature death by 22%. Sounds like a bunch of great reasons to indulge in these delicious snacks and treats.
Butter Roasted Pecans:
First things first, Let’s start with our butter roasted pecans recipe. I make these at least twice a month. Pecans are my favorite nut….I have even packed them with me on cross country trips!
Roasting nuts is a step that some cooks skip, which is unfortunate because this simple effort can really bump a dish (or a cookie!) from good to amazing. Roasting nuts deepens their flavor, making them even more nutty and complex. It also gives them a crisper texture, which is one of the reasons we add nuts to our food.
Salted caramel nut brittle:
This incredible salted caramel nut brittle is easier to make than you might think (keep reading for my easy tips!) and so worth it, whether you decide to give it all away or keep some for yourself. Crunchy caramel candy filled with a mixture of nuts and topped with flaky salt— it’s completely irresistible!
This homemade salted caramel brittle is completely over the top in the best way possible. Covered in rich salted caramel, each sweet buttery bite is filled with crunchy toasted nuts.
Keto Spiced Candied Almonds:
We wanted to figure out how to recreate those deliciously sweet spiced almonds that you can often purchase at amusement parks, or the County Fair. This was part of a holiday recipe series a few years ago….and these spiced almonds would be great for your holiday gatherings or as special holiday gifts.
Sugar-free Almond Brittle:
This recipe was originally prepared by CJ nearly five years ago, and was one of the first recipes on our channel. It’s a yummy and simple dish, and great for using up almonds!
Keto Sweet & Salty Party Nuts:
This is our newest nutty recipe…LOL. These are very versatile and quite irresistible. They are a little sweet, a little spicy, and nice and toasty. Enjoyed by the adults and the kids in our house.
Keto Candied Caramel Pecans:
So don’t even get me started talking about pecans….it’s right up there with my love of shoes! In fact CJ has actually bought me pecans, in lieu of flowers, as a gift before! That’s how deep my love runs for this nut. You could say I’m NUTS for them…..And you know it wouldn’t be a CJ’s keto kitchen creation without a bit of food fact trivia, so for all you fellow information nerds, check out the pecan facts under recipe post!
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