I don’t count calories.
Not in, not out, not expended, not expected, not projected. Ain’t nobody got time for that gobbledygook. Certainly not me.
I couldn’t give a donkey’s booty about carb counts, fat grams or protein, bro (pounds chest). The only macro I care to know is Macklemore, and I’m hoping he’ll take me Downtown (yes, I’m still obsessed).
What I can get behind though, in addition to the Hubby on a Friday night (clearly), is ingredients.
I like to know exactly what I’m putting in my mouth (insert naughty joke of choice here).
I tend to steer clear of things I can’t pronounce or don’t fit. Instead, I prefer whole food ingredients, the kinds which come mostly from Nature.
Since they’re nutrient dense, they help sustain and satisfy me long-term. They also make me feel good about what I’m ingesting and where my consumer dollars are going.
It’s a win for me, and it’s a win for the planet. Sign me up, twice now that voting season is here.
My point is (I swear I have one), some people avoid these types of foods when they’re high in calories and fat. Specifically, walnuts. These little beauties get a bad wrap which isn’t deserved. Yes, they’re calorically high and yes, they contains lots of good for you and necessary fats.
- They’re packed with Healthy Fats: Omega 3’s to be exact which come with a laundry list of benefits all their own.*
- Healthy fats lead to flowing locks and glowing skin, not to mention tremendous brain benefits. New studies show they aid in fighting off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Walnuts are great for pregnant women specifically because of the DHA in them. They reduce the baby’s chances of developing food allergies and are important for visual and neurological development in infants.
- They’re good for weight control. After three days, they’ve been show to increase satiety.
- Cancer Fighting Properties and Heart Health: walnuts are high in antioxidants properties along with anti-inflammatory nutrients, which have been shown to lower the risk of chronic oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
- Improve Sleep and Fight Stress: they’re a rich source of fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids, which give walnuts it’s stress fighting properties while the melatonin compound can help induce sleep.
There’s a bazillion more reasons Walnuts are the Cat’s Pajamas. The ones above though are enough for me to say screw calories. Go Nuts.
The icing on the cake is the Coconut Oil used in this recipe. Hailed as the second coming, it’s the new superfood. Need convincing? Head here.
I’d recommend this recipe too (of course I would). It’ll satisfy your sweet tooth while being ridiculously healthy for you, and with only five ingredients, these Oven Roasted Candied Walnuts are super simple to make. Now that’s something you can feel good about.
- 1 cup plain Walnuts
- 1 Tbsps. Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 cup Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Add walnuts to a medium sized bowl. Coat with melted coconut oil. Stir in salt and vanilla extract. Stir in maple syrup, being sure to coat all the walnuts.
- Spread walnuts onto a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before flipping onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store cooled walnuts in an airtight container.
What’s your take on nuts? Love ’em or leave ’em? Do you have a favorite nut?