With the holidays upon us, you’ll undoubtedly face many different snack options. For a delicious treat that delivers serious nutrients, grab some pecans. With their sweet flavor and high-fat content, pecans make an excellent addition to meals or enjoyed by the handful. Snack on them as you nervously watch the big game! Casually juggle them in your hands as you attempt to make your move on the office hottie! Or stuff them in your pocket for a fast getaway for the awful in-law early exit routine!
The high-fat content in pecans helps aid fat loss, stabilize blood sugar levels, add flavor, decrease sugar cravings, promote satiation and increase nutrient absorption. In addition, pecans are a good source of fiber, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, and antioxidants. According to the USDA, “Pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity.”
Selecting and Storing
Select raw pecans without any other ingredients added. To achieve a crunchier texture, roast pecans in the oven or soak them in 1 tablespoon of sea salt with water, then dehydrate them at 115 degrees for 24 hours. Add your own flavorings such as sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, shredded coconut, maple syrup or honey. Lastly, store pecans tightly sealed in the fridge for up to 6 months or the freezer for up to 1 year.
Pecan Menu Ideas & Recipes
- Banana Pecan Egg Muffins
- Sprinkle over Oatmeal, Acorn Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Green Beans or Brussels Sprouts
- Toss with a Salad, Diced Apples or Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Mash with Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
- Have for dessert with Roasted Peaches & Date Whipped Cream
- Baked Salmon with Pecan Herb Crust
- Weight loss and maintenance
- Protect against neurological damage
- Protect against age-related disorders
About 10 nuts provides 195 calories, 20 g fat, 4 g carb, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein