Nuts are a good source of fibre, healthy fats, protein and some vitamins. They can help to stop absorption of cholesterol that we eat, which can help to reduced LDL cholesterol. Regularly eating nuts is associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease and some studies show that adding nuts to a diet that is low in saturated fats reduces LDL cholesterol on people with normal or high cholesterol!
Do we need any more excuses to eat nuts? Here’s a recipe from taste.com.au for spiced nuts that you should try!
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/4 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt flakes
- 1 cup almond kernels
- 1 cup unsalted cashewnuts
- 1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts
- 1 cup brazil nuts
- Preheat oven 180°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- Combine honey, olive oil, garlic, chilli powder, paprika and salt flakes in a small frying pan over low heat. Stir until honey has melted and the mixture is well combined.
- Transfer the honey mixture to a large bowl. Add all the nuts and stir until they are evenly coated with spice mixture.
- Spread nut mixture on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove and set aside to cool completely before serving.