Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy Nut Year

Excuse the pun, but I thought I would start the year off with an ode to my dear friend: The humble Nut. 
So Why nuts? 
Firstly, because after being stuck inside scrutinizing the rain for the last week, it says a lot about my mental state. Long may it stay away.
Secondly, because these beautiful pebbles of goodness, deserve their own standing ovation.

The life of a Walnut...

These ugly nodules are bursting with antioxidants. Providing far more than any other nut in its raw form. 
They offer the ideal stress-release. Get your hands on a old-school metal nut-cracker and squeeze the little-buggers til your hearts content. You will be surprised at how satisfying that final crack is. However beware of Mr frustration rearing his head- because it is dam near impossible to pull one out fully intact. 
I challenge you. 

The Brazil nut, is a champion in its own right. Taking the cake for Selenium with just two a day providing all that we need. Their meaty texture and smug crunch surrounded by the best of oils-make for a winning snack. But be aware, it can be difficult to stop at two. 

Macadamia's, Pecans, Cashews, Pistachios and of course the Peanut.
Each has its own distinctive taste, texture and usefulness. Ignore the rumours to avoid these high-fat snacks. We all need fats, and these babies are our best source. As long as you don't over do it, they have been proven to lower cholesterol and improve heart function.

So as we begin the new year, in better health. I leave you and the nuts with two words.

Get Amongst.

NOTE: I haven't forgotten the Almond. But this guy is the king of all trades. So great, he deserves his own post. Coming soon...

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